Youth Tour

The Next to Embark on an Incredible Adventure

The Winner Are

Since 1964, high school students from across the country have gathered in our nation’s capital to take part in a special event, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. Vigilante Electric’s (VEC) participation in this event began in 2003, and we have been fortunate in the quality of the individuals that have represented us on this tour.

The youth tour is special to me, as I have served as a chaperone on two occasions. It is an incredible experience because the history in and around Washington, D.C. is vibrant, and the tour is so well organized.

 The 2024 youth tour begins on June 14th, and we are proud to announce this year’s selected participants, Kalen Martinell and Hunter Wigen.

 Kalen is a sophomore attending Lima High School and is the son of members Heath and Kiley Martinell. Kalen is the third member of his family to be selected to attend. Hunter is also a sophomore, he attends Beaverhead County High School and is the son of member Breanne Smith.

Each year, applicants are selected based on how they answer an essay question. The question this year was: If you could have dinner with a prominent Washington, D.C. figure, whether from the present or past, who would that person be and why? What would you ask them? To read their essays, use the following links.

We would like to congratulate Kalen and Hunter on their selection for the youth tour, and we look forward to hearing about their adventures.


Kalen Martinell                    Hunter Wigen