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REMC announces Youth Tour and Touchstone Energy Camp winners

Posted on May 30 2017 in Steuben County REMC

This summer, several lucky Steuben County youths will enjoy some free, educational and fun trips, courtesy of Steuben County REMC.

At the Touchstone Energy Camp at Camp Tecumseh in Brookston, Angola middle schoolers Tristin Sowles and Zoey Darby will be joined by dozens of other campers from around the state in an annual event that introduces our future generations to the electric industry.

Here, they will learn about the role of a lineman, the importance of electrical safety, various properties of electricity and much more, all while enjoying the great outdoors. Attendees will enjoy swimming, canoeing, hiking, riding a zipline and several other fun activities while meeting their peers and making new friends.


Some local high school juniors will also join students from around the state in a trip this summer. John Claudy of Prairie Heights High School and Regan Peppler of Angola High School will set out on the 2017 Indiana Youth Tour to Washington, D.C.

Claudy is the son of Aaron and Tatiana Claudy of Pleasant Lake. He is active in theater, band and 4-H, and has considered a future career in politics.

Peppler is the daughter of Gordy and Jamie Peppler of Angola. She is a peer mentor and class president and serves on the student athlete advisory council. She is active in softball, basketball and soccer. She plans to pursue a career in elementary education at either Butler or Indiana University after high school.


The students were selected after submitting an essay and being interviewed by the Youth Tour committee. The Indiana delegation will include more than 120 students from across the state, each selected by his/her local cooperative. Beginning June 8, these Hoosier students will travel to Washington, D.C., where they will join nearly 1,600 students representing 44 states to tour our nation’s capital and other historical sites, including the 9/11 Flight 93 National Memorial, the Gettysburg battlefields, the National Mall and much more.

“We are so proud to have these students representing our county and our community,” said Jaime Walker, director of member services for Steuben County REMC. “They are truly valuable to the local Steuben County community, now and in the future, and their determination and tenacity to learn, grow and make this world a better place is inspiring. We hope that these experiences lend themselves to their education and their worldviews. Congratulations to all of our representatives!”