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Youth Tour

Welcome to the Youth Tour Essay Contest of Callaway Electric Cooperative. Our 2019 contest is now underway. Click here to sign up and download the information. If you have questions, please email or call us at 573-642-3326.


What is the Youth Tour?

Each year in January the Cooperative sponsors an essay contest for High School Juniors living in or attending school in Callaway Electric's service area (this includes Fulton, New Bloomfield, North Callaway and South Callaway High School). The top winners of the contest are awarded an all expense paid week long trip to Washington, D.C.

The trip includes visits to monuments, memorials, museums and landmarks. Youth Tour winners also visit their U.S. Representatives and Senators. They travel with a group of over 100 high school juniors from across Missouri who will meet up with more than 1,500 youth from across the U.S. during their week in D.C. It's a trip many have considered the experience of a lifetime!

Pictured below are 2018 Youth Tour Winners Joseph Hinchie of Fulton H.S. along with Hannah Benningfield and Jessica Buckner of South Callaway H.S..

How to participate

To participate in the contest applicants are first asked to write an essay. Of the essays received, six finalists are chosen. The finalists are invited to the Cooperative for a written test and interview with a panel of three judges. Three top scoring finalists are awarded all expense paid trips to D.C. NEW FOR 2019! The remaining finalists will receive a non-renewable $500 college scholarship to be awarded the first semester of the finalist's freshman year of college.


Congratulations Youth Tour Finalists!

Congratulations to our 2018 Youth Tour Essay Contest Finalists. They came to the Cooperative in April of 2018 to compete for 3 all expense paid trips to Washington, D.C. on the Missouri Youth Tour and 3 tuitions to the nationally recognized Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience (CYCLE). All of the finalists did an excellent job! We were proud of their efforts in the 2018 contest.


Pictured above: Makaylee Beck (New Bloomfield H.S.); Parker Pitzen (New Bloomfield H.S.); Joseph Hinchie (Fulton H.S.); Jessica Buckner (South Callaway H.S.); and Hanah Benningfield (South Callaway H.S.). Joseph, Jessica and Hannah represented Callaway Electric on the 2018 Missouri Youth Tour on a week long all expense paid tour of Washington, D.C. Makaylee and Parker were awarded tuition to the CYCLE conference in Jefferson City, held in July. 


You can also visit YouTube for the following clips about Youth Tour:

2017 Missouri delegates recollect their trip to D.C.

NRECA 2012 Youth Tour Promo

A feature video from Rural Missouri Magazine 'Our History with Missouri's Future Leaders'

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