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Youth Tour

The experience of a lifetime!

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Each year WRVEC awards three high school juniors a Youth Tour experience – plus a $1,500 scholarship!

What’s the experience?  Missouri’s electric cooperatives will participate in the annual Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. The annual campaign includes an all-expense paid trip to our nation’s capital in the month of June. Highlights from past years include meeting with state representatives, visiting famous monuments and museums, and a sightseeing dinner cruise. Should the in-person trip be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, winners will participate in virtual activities and receive an additional scholarship.

To be eligible, you must (1) be a high school junior and attend a high school in WRVEC’s five-county service territory or (2) be home-schooled within WRVEC’s five-county service territory, between 16-17 years of age, and at a junior level equivalent. Your family does not need to be a member of the Cooperative.

Participants can choose to either write an essay or make a short film on a question/prompt given to them by WRVEC. Essays must be between 500-1,000 words and videos must be between 3-5 minutes. Entries will be judged on the basis of knowledge, independent thought, composition, grammar and professionalism. Judges will score all projects, and award the Youth Tour experience to the three students with the highest scores. Videos must be both PC and MAC compatible and between 3-5 minutes in length. The video should be made with anonymity and not reveal the student’s name or school which they attend.

Projects will be judged, and finalists from each school will present their essays or videos during a dinner banquet at College of the Ozarks. Three winners will be announced that evening. In lieu of a canceled banquet due to COVID-19, the three highest scoring projects will be awarded.

Applications for 2022 have closed.

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HOW IT STARTED

The Youth Tour program is deeply rooted in history, starting in 1957 when Senator Lyndon Baines Johnson addressed the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) at Annual Meeting in Chicago. The Senator declared, “If one thing goes out of this meeting, it will be sending youngsters to the national capital where they can actually see what the flag stands for and represents.”

Since then, the Annual Youth tour program has grown into a hallmark event for the communities co-ops serve across the country.

2021 Youth Tour Winners

Congratulations to the chosen 2022 representatives:

  • Beverley McNece, Lutie High School
  • Benjamin “Heath” Stark, Branson High School
  • Lyllian Puckett, Bradleyville High School

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