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Youth Tour

Electric Cooperative Youth Tour - June 9-15, 2018

High School Sophomores and Juniors... Write a winning essay and win a trip of a lifetime -- an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.!

Youth TourThe National Rural Electric Cooperative Association's Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. is set for June 9-15, 2018. Compose the winning essay and represent Slope Electric Cooperative as part of the North Dakota delegation.

Essay contest guidelines for the Rural Electric Youth Tour:

  • You must be a sophomore or junior in high school.
  • You and your parents or guardian must be served by Slope Electric Cooperative, Inc.
  • The essay is not to exceed two standard 8.5” x 11” typewritten, double-spaced pages, on this topic:There are approximately 20 million military veterans in the United States today. How shall fellow U.S. citizens honor and look after these veterans, who have served and sacrificed on our behalf? Describe any special connection you may have to a veteran or active-duty member of the military.”
  • Submit an essay in hard copy or electronic format to Slope Electric. Electronic submissions should conform to the two-page, double-spaced guideline described above. Include a cover page with your name, date of birth, school and grade in 2018, parent or guardian's name, address and telephone number. 
  • Essays must arrive at Slope Electric no later than Tuesday, January 31, 2018. E-mailed entries should be directed to LaWanna Wilhelm at Hard-copy entries should be mailed to: Youth Tour Essay Contest, Slope Electric Cooperative, P.O. Box 338, New England, ND 58647-0338.
  • Essays will be evaluated and the winner selected by impartial, qualified judges.
  • If you have any questions, please contact LaWanna Wilhelm at Slope Electric at the address above, or call (701) 579-4191 or (800) 559-4191 during regular business hours.

What is the Government-in-Action Youth Tour?

Every June, as many as 1,500 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!

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