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Youth Tour contest accepting entries

National Youth Tour Conference 2018 attendees in Washington, D.C.

Entries are being accepted now through March 8 for the 51st Annual Youth Tour contest, which will culminate with six finalists traveling to Washington, D.C., this summer for the National Youth Tour Friday, June 14 through Thursday, June 20.

The contest is open only to high school juniors who live and attend school in Cuivre River Electric’s general service area, or who have Cuivre River electric service in their homes.

To apply, high school juniors will need to submit an entry form and a 500- to 1,000-word essay. The 2019 essay theme is “My Favorite Cooperative Principle.” Entry forms are available at local high schools or at cuivre.com. The deadline to enter is Friday, March 8. Entries remain anonymous during preliminary judging by Cuivre River staff.

The 12 top-scoring essays are selected as finalists who will attend the competition scheduled for Wednesday, April 10. Finalists will take a cooperative knowledge quiz and make an oral presentation of their essay. From this group, the top six finalists will be selected as Youth Tour delegates who will attend the National Youth Tour in D.C. The other six will receive $500 scholarships.

The seven-day National Youth Tour provides an action-filled week for high school students, offering them opportunities to learn firsthand what it is like to be involved in politics, leadership positions, community service and today’s pressing issues. Missouri’s youth tour delegates will visit with representatives from their congressional districts and tour famous monuments, the Smithsonian Institution’s museums and Arlington National Cemetery.

Cuivre River Electric fully funds the participation of its delegates. There is no cost to students or families. Teachers who support the Youth Tour program and submit at least 10 student entries receive a $50 classroom grant from CREC.

For more information or to inquire about a classroom program, call (636) 695-4837 or email tschmidt@cuivre.com.

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