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Youth Tour Essay Contest

Write a Winning Essay and Win A Trip of a Lifetime to Washington. D.C. 

June 19-June 24, 2022


To enter the essay-writing contest, you must: 

  • Write a winning essay by December 10, 2021
  • Be enrolled as a high school sophomore or junior during the 2021-22 school year.

  • You and your parents or guardian must be served by McLean Electric Cooperative.

  • Essay is not to exceed two standard 8½- by 11-inch typewritten, double-spaced pages on this topic: 


If you were asked to help promote your cooperative’s annual
membership meeting, what ideas do you have for increasing
attendance among young member-owners and students?

Please provide specific examples for unique communications
strategies, scheduling and special activities for member-owners
and their families.

  • Submit your essay in hard copy or electronic format to Roughrider Electric. Electronic submissions should conform to the two-page, double-spaced guideline described above.

  • Include a cover page with your name, email, date of birth, school, and grade in 2021-22, parent or guardian’s name, address, email, and telephone number.

The deadline is December 10, 2021. Emailed entries should be emailed to and hard-copy entries should be mailed to: Youth Tour Essay Contest, c/o Sonja Moe, PO Box 399, Garrison ND  58540

If you have any questions, contact Sonja Moe at 701-463-6700

What is the Youth Tour?

Every June, as many as 1,800 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!

The Electric Cooperative Youth Tour has brought high school juniors and seniors to Washington, D.C. every June since the late 1950s. Students compete for slots for this unique opportunity and are selected for this program by their local electric cooperative. McLean Electric’s selection process takes the form of an essay contest. 













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