Beltrami Electric announces that Willow Damar of Walker has been selected as the cooperative’s 2019 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour representative.
Damar, a Walker-Hackensack-Akeley junior, will join hundreds of high school students representing their cooperatives on an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., June 10-15. This trip is part of an annual Youth Tour sponsored by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), the Minnesota Rural Electric Association (MREA) and Beltrami Electric Cooperative.
The five-day event includes visits to several historic sites and memorials in Washington, D.C. Damar will spend a day on “The Hill” where she and other Youth Tour representatives will meet with elected representatives in the U.S. House and Senate, discuss the process of government and increase their overall knowledge of electric cooperatives and U.S. History.
As part of the selection process, candidates were required to submit an application, write a 500-word essay and submit two letters of reference from teachers, group or community leaders. Damar’s application expressed her passion for politics, the law and her desire to learn more about government and U.S. history.
Damar is very active at WHA School. She has participated in track, is active in the drama program, and is a member of Interact, a group of students who are service-minded volunteers. She is a five-year member of the Speech Team, of which she is currently team captain. She excels at giving extemporaneous speeches and placed seventh at the State Speech Tournament in 2018. She has a love of learning, including history and government, and plans to pursue a degree in political science.
Damar is the daughter of Crystal Damar Holmberg of Walker.