2018 Youth Tour Brochure/Contest Rules (printable pdf)
2017 Youth Tour Winners (pdf)
For 45 years, Ozark Electric Cooperative has annually sponsored an essay contest to select two area high school juniors to represent the Cooperative on the National Rural Electric Youth Tour -- an exciting week-long, all-expenses-paid trip to Washington D.C. in June! Download and print this year’s 2018 contest rules brochure above. Read about last year’s winners and watch an exciting video of the trip above. Also these two Ozark Electric delegates, 1st & 2nd place contest winners, travel with approximately 100 students from across Missouri for a week of sightseeing, learning, and fun! While in D.C., Missouri delegates attend a Youth Rally and other activities with more than 1,600 young delegates from States across the country. Missouri delegates and their parents attend a banquet and orientation in Jefferson City the night before delegates fly out to D.C. Any questions? Call Linda (Ozark Electric’s Youth Tour Coordinator) at 417-466-2317.
Student eligibility. This contest is open to any current high school junior attending a school or being homeschooled, in one of the nine counties served by Ozark Electric Cooperative (Barry, Christian, Dade, Greene, Jasper, Lawrence, Newton, Polk, or Stone counties). Immediate family members of Ozark Electric employees or board members are ineligible to compete.
Each contestant is required to write and submit a typewritten, double-spaced essay of at least 300, but not more than 500, words in length. Download the attached brochure (see above link) for this year's essay title and other detailed information. The exact date of the early March deadline can be found inside the brochure. Youth Leadership Council: Each year while in Washington DC, Missouri selects one of its Youth Tour delegates as the Youth Leadership Council (YLC) representative who then travels around the state and nation meeting new people, speaking at conferences, and representing our State for a whole school year. It's another opportunity of a lifetime, and you could be that person!
This program is awarded to the 3rd and 4th place runners up. Read about CYCLE in the next section.