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Windom teen earns Washington trip sponsored by Federated Rural Electric

JACKSON -- Federated Rural Electric, Jackson, has announced the winners in its 2012 Youth Tour Contest.

Winning the grand prize was Abby Resch, who earned a free trip to Washington, D.C., on June 16-21.

Second- and third-place awards of $150 and $100 were awarded to Joshua Christoffer and Rachel Viesselman.

Six students entered the contest.

Resch is the daughter of Tom and Brenda Resch, Windom. She is a junior at Windom Area High School.

She will be among 1,500 teenagers from across the country participating in Youth Tour, which is sponsored by electric cooperatives.

Resch will tour the Washington memorials and sites, witness Congress in session, visit with legislators and enjoy an evening dinner theater, while also learning about cooperatives.

Christoffer, of Round Lake, was named as an alternate in the event that Resch is unable to participate. The son of Dean and Andrea Christoffer, he is a sophomore attending Jackson County Central High School, Jackson.

Viesselman, of Trimont, received third place. She is the daughter of Richard and Elizabeth Viesselman, and a junior attending Martin County West High School, Sherburn.

The other two Youth Tour finalists were: Izaac Lucht, son of Dale and Cami Lucht, Jackson, a sophomore at Jackson County Central High School; Haley Schulz, daughter of Kevin and Carol, Winnebago, a sophomore attending Maple River High School, Mapleton.

Each applicant completed an application and an essay on an energy-related topic.

The applicants also received a $20 gift certificate to

The finalists were called back for personal interviews Feb. 27.