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

June 18-June 23, 2023

To enter the essay-writing contest, you must: 

  • Write a winning essay by January 16, 2023
  • Be enrolled as a high school sophomore or junior.

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

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

Essay Question:

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 in hard copy or electronic format to McLean 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, parent or guardian’s name, address, email, and telephone number.

The deadline is January 16, 2023. Emailed entries should be emailed to sonjadm@mcleanelectric.com 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.