Every June, as many as 1,600 high school students from across the country spend a week in the nation's capital as part of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. The students are sponsored by electric cooperatives – cooperatives that are committed to educating America's rural youth about America and the role electric cooperatives play in developing strong rural communities.
Participating in the Youth Tour is an awesome way to learn about this great nation, develop leadership skills, gain a better understanding of electric cooperatives, and make friendships that will last beyond the week!
Since the late 1950's, electric cooperatives have been sending high school juniors and seniors to our nation's capital to learn about electric cooperatives, visit historical sites and participate in Youth Day.
Students compete for the opportunity to attend the Youth Tour and all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., through an essay contest.
Students who are sophomores or juniors in high school and whose parents or guardian are a member of Burke-Divide Electric Cooperative are eligible to apply.
GUIDELINES FOR 2023 ESSAY-WRITING CONTEST
●To enter the 2023 essay-writing contest, you must be a sophomore or junior in high school.
●You and your parents or guardian must be served by Burke-Divide Electric Cooperative.
●Essay is not to exceed two, standard 8.5-inch by 11-inch typed, double-spaced pages on this topic:
If chosen as a Youth Tour delegate, you will be traveling to Washington, D.C. to experience and
learn about America's rich history. What moment in American history do you wish you had been
a part of and what would you have contributed?
●Submit your essay to:
Burke-Divide Electric Cooperative
P.O. Box 6
Columbus, ND 58727
●Include a cover page with your essay. The cover page must provide the following information:
1. Your name
2. Date of birth and place of birth
3. Name of high school and grade in school
4. Parent or guardian’s name, home address and telephone number
5. Your email address and cell phone number