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an opportunity to visit our Nation’s Capitol. Stu- dents are able to meet United States Represen- tatives and Senators. The trip provides the oppor- tunity to explore mu- seums, memorials and monuments. Kelli made lifetime friends at both camps and continues to communicate with these friends today.
Kelli’s most memorable
moment at Youth Tour was visiting Gettysburg and experiencing the incredible history. Gettysburg was the Civil War’s bloodiest battle and was also the inspiration for President Abraham Lincoln’s immortal “Gettysburg Address”. The famous words spoken by Abraham Lincoln honored the soldiers that sacrificed their lives in order “that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth,” were spoken on November 19, 1863 at Gettysburg. “Over one-hundred and fifty years following President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, his principles for democracy and dream for future generations continues to resonate. Being at the memorial made a lasting impression on me,” said Kelli.
Twenty-six years later, after attending the NREA Youth Energy Leadership Camp, Ian wrote an essay and was selected by Norris Public Power District to attend NRECA Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. held June 14-20, 2019. Ian was joined by 16 other students from Nebraska, four Nebraska chaperones and more than 1,800 students from across the nation.
While in Washington, D.C., Ian had the privilege to attend the Nebraska Breakfast which is the oldest ongoing gathering of a congressional delegation on Capitol Hill. Ian also had a unique experience, as Ben Sasse, United States Senator for Nebraska, was on his flight home from Washington, D.C.
“A valuable lifetime skill I learned at camp, is to be open and interconnect with people from different backgrounds,” said Ian.
Ian was able to view democracy first- hand when he attended a debate on the floor of the House of Representatives over drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
While in D.C., Ian enjoyed touring The Smithsonian and the Library of Congress. “The Smithsonian holds historical information and I admired
the great architecture and design of The Library of Congress,” said Ian.
Ian is a natural born leader. As the oldest of four siblings, he is a valuable leader and role model at home. Ian is a junior and an honor roll student at Lincoln Southwest High School. He participates in Silver Hawk Theatre, Resonance Show Choir and Varsity Chorus. His future plans include attending college, majoring in engineering, completing an internship at Disney World and returning to Nebraska to live, work and continue contributing to his community and country.
Ian practices his utility pole climbing skills at YELC.
   Ian (center in back row) attended Youth Tour with other Nebraska students and chaperones from public power districts across the state.
     Norris is proud to invest in future leaders by sponsoring students like Ian to attend Youth Energy Leadership Camp and Youth Tour to enhance their leadership skills. Ian has a passion to achieve his goals, and he will make an impact on society and promote positive change in our world for generations to come. Thank you, Ian, for being an exemplary representative of Norris Public Power District.

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