Welcome to the 2018 Youth Tour Essay Contest of Callaway Electric Cooperative. The contest is underway now. If you have signed up, be sure to get your essay completed and turned in by Friday, February 23 at the Cooperative. If you have questions, please email or call us at 573-642-3326.
What is the Youth Tour?
Each year in January the Cooperative sponsors an essay contest for High School Juniors living in or attending school in Callaway Electric's service area (this includes Fulton, New Bloomfield, North Callaway and South Callaway High School). The top winners of the contest are awarded an all expense paid week long trip to Washington, D.C.
The trip includes visits to monuments, memorials, museums and landmarks. Youth Tour winners also visit their U.S. Representatives and Senators. They travel with a group of eighty high school juniors from across Missouri who will meet up with more than 1,400 youth from across the U.S. during their week in D.C. It's a trip many have considered the experience of a lifetime!
Pictured below are 2017 Youth Tour Winners Ashley Atkinson, Holts Summit; Sam Althiser, Fulton; and Madeline Wilson, Fulton.
How to participate
To participate in the contest applicants are first asked to write an essay. Of the essays received, six finalists are chosen. The finalists are invited to the Cooperative for a written test and interview with a panel of three judges. Three top scoring finalists are awarded all expense paid trips to D.C. The remaining finalists are awarded tuition to the nationally recognized Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience (CYCLE). It is held in Jefferson City each July. Planned and sponsored by Missouri's Electric Cooperatives, the conference provides an opportunity to learn more about Cooperatives, leadership and governement along being lots of FUN!
Congratulations Youth Tour Finalists!
Congratulations to our 2017 Youth Tour Essay Contest Finalists. They came to the Cooperative in April of 2017 to compete for 3 all expense paid trips to Washington, D.C. on the Missouri Youth Tour and 3 tuitions to the nationally recognized Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience (CYCLE). All of the finalists did an excellent job! We were proud of their efforts in the 2017 contest.
Pictured are Kaylee Williams (New Bloomfield H.S.), Devon Terry (South Callaway H.S.), Sam Althiser (North Callaway H.S.), Madeline Wilson (Calvary Lutheran H.S.) and Ashley Atkinson (Helias H.S.) and Allyson Eichman (North Callaway H.S.). Sam, Ashley and Madeline represented Callaway Electric in the 2017 Missouri Youth Tour on a week long all expense paid tour of Washington, D.C. Kaylee, Devon and Allyson were awarded tuition to the CYCLE conference in Jefferson City, held in July.
You can also visit YouTube for the following clips about Youth Tour:
A feature video from Rural Missouri Magazine 'Our History with Missouri's Future Leaders'