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Win a Trip to Washington, D.C.

This is the 50th year Missouri has participated in the annual Youth Tour to Washington, D.C.  You could be one of 80 high school juniors from across the state who win an all-expense paid, week-long trip to Washington, D.C. in June.  All you have to do is put on your creative thinking cap and enter White River Valley Electric Cooperative’s Youth Tour Contest. Your essay or video makes you eligible to win! For more Youth Tour info - visit www.youthtour.coop.

Who Can Enter?

Any high school junior who attends a school in the same area served by WRVEC is eligible to enter. Home-schooled students can also enter if they are between 16 and 17 years of age and at a school level equivalent to a junior in high school. The contestant’s family does not have to be a member of WRVEC.

Two Options For Entering:

Write an essay.  In 1000 words or less answer the topic question. The essay should be typed or written longhand on one side of the paper. Essays will be judged on the basis of knowledge, independent thought, composition and grammar. On a separate sheet attached to the essay, include the following information: name, address, phone number, parents’ or guardians’ names, school, t-shirt size and sponsoring teacher’s name. **PLEASE BE SURE TO INCLUDE THIS INFORMATION.** Questions? Call Diana Bradford at 800-879-4056 or e-mail dbradford@whiteriver.org.

Film a movie. Film a movie three to five minutes long that answers the topic question. Videos must be compatible with PCs and Macs and should be turned in on a DVD or CD-Rom. Videos will be judged for knowledge, independent thought and professionalism/skill of production. Attach to the case of your project a separate sheet of paper with: name, address, phone number, parents’ or guardians’ names, school, t-shirt size and sponsoring teacher’s name. **PLEASE BE SURE TO INCLUDE THIS INFORMATION.** Questions? Call Diana Bradford at 800-879-4056 or e-mail dbradford@whiteriver.org.

What To Write About:

"Research 'Rachel's Challenge' and give your interpretation of Rachel Joy Scott's words that 'Tomorrow is not a promise, but a chance' and what that means in your life."

Prizes:

Three winners will join more than 1200 other essay contest winners from around the country for an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., June 13 - 19, 2014. Each student who submits an essay will receive a WRVEC t-shirt. All finalists will also receive a special gift. (We’ll give your sponsoring teacher one, too!)

Judging:

Independent judges will select the best essay or video from each school. One finalist from each school will be selected by a panel of three judges. The finalists, their parents and their teachers will be guests of WRVEC at a dinner banquet on Friday, April 4, at the Keeter Center on the campus of College of the Ozarks. Each finalist will present their essay orally before a panel of three additional judges. The winners will be announced after the competition that evening.

Entry Deadline:

Friday, February 28, 2014
at 5 p.m.

Mail or E-mail Your Entry To:

White River Valley Electric Cooperative
Attn: Diana Bradford - Youth Tour Essay Contest
P O Box 969
Branson, Missouri 65615
dbradford@whiteriver.org