WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) recently met with Washington County high school student Ashley Canterbury. Canterbury was selected to participate in the Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives Youth Tour. The Washington County student in attendance is from Waterford.
"Ohio's schools, like those in Washington County, equip our future generation of leaders with the skills they will need to succeed in the future," Sen. Brown said. "Ashley should be proud of her academic achievements and her knowledge of rural cooperatives. I have no doubt that she has a bright future ahead."
Since the 1970s, Ohio rural cooperatives have sent 35-45 students-all cooperatives members and all rising juniors or seniors-to Washington, D.C. to learn about the capitol, meet their state delegations, and learn more about electric co-ops. Students are selected based on their academic record, letters of recommendation, and a competitive exam testing their knowledge of rural cooperatives.
Brown is the first Ohioan to serve on the Senate Agriculture Committee in more than 40 years. He serves as chairman of its subcommittee on jobs, rural economic growth, and energy innovation. Brown has long been a champion for rural Ohio and ensuring it meets its energy needs. In September 2012, he won the Growth Energy's "Fueling Growth" Award, which is presented to legislators dedicated to fostering innovation and growth in all domestic energy sectors, including biofuels and other farm-based renewable energy sources.