Youth Tour

Youth Tour

Entries now being accepted for 2018 Youth Tour contest

Entries are now being accepted for the 50th Annual Youth Tour contest, which will culminate with six finalists traveling to Washington, D.C., this summer.

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

2017 Cuivre River Electric delegates

The 2018 essay theme is “What Do Cooperatives Mean to My Community?” The deadline to enter is Friday, March 9.

Download an entry form

Cooperative Principles Information Sheet and Cuivre River Electric Examples

Watch a slideshow from the 2017 trip

Entries remain anonymous during preliminary judging by Cuivre River staff. The 12 top-scoring essays are selected as finalists and will attend the final competition scheduled for Wednesday, April 11. Finalists will take a cooperative knowledge quiz and make an oral presentation of their essay.

The top six finalists will be selected as Youth Tour delegates. The other six finalists will receive $500 scholarships.

This year’s National Youth Tour will take place June 8-14. The seven-day 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.

Since 1964, Cuivre River has sponsored over 200 youth tour delegates for visits to Washington, D.C. More than 53,000 high school students sponsored by the nation’s electric cooperatives have participated in the youth tour since the educational leadership program began. For more information about the Youth Tour program, contact Tim Schmidt at 800.392.3709, ext. 4837 or by email at


What Is Youth Tour?

The Youth Tour provides high school juniors with a unique opportunity to learn about democracy and leadership in Washington, D.C. The goal of the Youth Tour is to foster students’ appreciation for the democratic form of government; educate students about the role of electric cooperatives in the national economy; expand their understanding of cooperatives as a business model; introduce students to the cooperative principles and understanding the value of rural electrification; expose students to the sights and sounds of our nation’s heritage; build students’ leadership skills so that they may make a difference in their communities; and reward students for academic achievement and community leadership.


Youth are the future. Impacting the lives of the youth of today is extremely important to the cooperative community. The mission of the Youth Tour sponsored by local electric cooperatives across the United States is built on the belief that textbooks and lectures alone are not enough to help students understand the democratic process and gain the skills necessary to become tomorrow's leaders. Rather, today's teenagers also need an opportunity to experience government first-hand by visiting the nation's capital, meeting their Representative and Senators and engaging in interactive workshops and discussion.


By educating our high school students and enhancing their self-worth, Cuivre River Electric Cooperative hopes to promote and inspire responsible and informed participation in the democratic process - in essence, ensuring a stronger future for everyone.


Youth Tour Delegate History

│2017│Audrey Hahn, Homeschool; Jane Zuroweste and Chloe Momphard, Troy Buchanan HS; Ben Mertens, Warrenton HS; Brendan Heslin, Francis Howell HS; and Alishia Curry, Bowling Green HS. │2016│ Emily Baalman and Clare Citrowske, Homeschool; Kacie Francois, Timberland HS; Leo Kniffen and Justin Rice, Warrenton HS; and Kai Rogers, Winfield HS. │2015│ Hannah Baalman, Homeschool; Alexa Jones and Madison Jones, Francis Howell HS; Jessica Hoelting, Troy Buchanan HS; Sarah Hoelscher, Warrenton HS; and Alexandra Hudelson, Winfield HS. │2014│ Elizabeth Citrowske, Homeschool; Brandelyn Martin, Silex HS; Alison Boehmer, St. Dominic HS; Grant Cordell and Gabriel Holtmeyer, Warrenton HS; and Marissa Burch, Winfield HS. │2013│ Kelsey Castulik, St. Dominic HS; Zabada Abouelhana, Timberland HS; Melissa Lamping, Troy Buchanan HS; Rachel Reckamp and Samantha Swoboda, Warrenton HS; and Mary Burkemper, Winfield HS. │2012│ Krista Dye, Elsberry HS; Michael Edwards, Silex HS; Melora Broker, Samantha Olsson and Hannah Romaker, Warrenton HS; and Lauryn Burch, Winfield HS. │2011│ Jazmin Gac, Clopton HS; Christian Jacquez, Francis Howell HS; Jill Jarvis, Homeschool; Oliver Lamping, Troy Buchanan HS; Dana Heggemann and Emily Mauch, Warrenton HS. │2010│ Emily Wynn, Christian HS; Zach Brown, Clopton HS; Ellyn Bruckerhoff, Clopton HS; Amy Koonce, Troy Buchanan HS; Megan Costello, Warrenton HS; and Bethany Reller, Winfield HS. │2009│ Andrea Glenville, Christian HS; Deveron Tillotson, Elsberry HS; Katy Nickols, Timberland HS; Morgan Barton, Sterling Coffey, Austin Gibbs and Katie Robertson, Warrenton HS. │2008│ Deaven Omohundro, Clopton HS; Jasmine Tillotson, Elsberry HS; Katy Nickols, Timberland HS; Caroline Noe, Warrenton HS; Kelsey Boyd and Tom Dixon, Winfield HS. │2007│ Kayla Tepen, Bowling Green HS; Lauren Lehmkuhl, Elsberry HS; Joshua Ince, Louisiana HS; Debbie Heggemann, Kayla Moeller and Arie Swartz, Warrenton HS. │2006│ Alex Bencomo, Clopton HS; Heather Hite, Callie Johnson and Julie Speer, Warrenton HS; Kristina Boyd and Robert Swain Jr., Winfield HS. │2005│ Audrey Glenville, Christian HS; Mikal Bencomo and Courtney Larsheid, Clopton HS; Amanda Hoff, Timberland HS; Markita Hackmann, Warrenton HS; and Joshua Krato, Winfield HS. │2004│ Jill Omohundro, Clopton HS; Wendi Jo Dameron, Elsberry HS; Robert Zuroweste, Troy Buchanan HS; Lauren Moeller and Daniel Tappmeyer, Warrenton HS; Jacqueline O’Brien and Ashley Reed, Winfield HS. │2003│ Brandi Mills and Taylor McCrory, Clopton HS; Ashley Flanagan, Elsberry HS; Valerie Elrod, Warrenton HS; Jessica Nelson, Matthew Perry and Penny Rittenberry, Winfield HS. │2002│ Kera Steavenson and Jodi Talbot, Elsberry HS; Jenna Van Beek, Troy Buchanan HS; Nichole Bushdieker and Peter Simpson, Warrenton HS; Mark Himmelsbach and Jessica Pyle, Winfield HS. │2001│ Lukin Murphy, Silex HS; Lauren Humphrey, Troy Buchanan HS; Arthur Randall, Clare Painter, Gregory Patterson and Jason Prehm, Winfield HS. │2000│ Tiffany England, Clopton HS; Sean Andrews and Anthony Ruby, Wentzville Holt HS; Kristin Freese, Jennifer Lange and Tommy Vandiver, Winfield HS. │1999│ Julie Miller and Brook Stewart, Clopton HS; Valerie Maslin, Francis Howell North HS; Kimberly Willer, Silex HS; Megan Coons and Ashley Tipton, Warrenton HS. │1998│ Justin Watts, Clopton HS; Josh Burbridge, Elsberry HS; Patricia Martin, Silex HS; Amanda Mosteller and Ami Werges, Warrenton HS; and Adrienne Weller, Wentzville Holt HS. │1997│ Casey Reid and Jessica Robinson, Clopton HS; Derek Gibbs, Elsberry HS; Jacob Schindler, Fort Zumwalt South HS; Rachel Fuchs, Warrenton HS; and Shawn Hildebrand, Wentzville Holt HS. │1996│ Micah Capps and Nick Lindsay, Clopton HS; Kathrin Hitchcock, Francis Howell North HS; Russell Miner, Paula Parmeley and Sarah Rapp, Warrenton HS. │1995│ Amy Mitchell, Clopton HS, Karl Marshal and Amanda Butcher, Warrenton HS; Eric Bryant, Wentzville Holt HS; and Kerry Lewis, Wright City HS. │1994│ Amy Nittler, Jaclyn Reese, Keri Silea and Allen Schneider, Warrenton HS; and Jeffrey Main, Wentzville Holt HS. │1993│ Stasia Orf, Elsberry HS; Sami Haase, Amy Miller and Craig Reese, Warrenton HS; and David Westmoreland, Wentzville Holt HS. │1992│ Neeli Crenshaw, Elsberry HS; Leah Wommack, Troy Buchanan HS; Charity Boeger and Jennifer Humphrey, Warrenton HS. │1991│ Seth Borders, Karinsa Dieckmann, Rosalina Humphrey and Miriam Schroeder, Warrenton HS. │1990│ Susan Conrad, Clopton HS; Darcy Green and Raquel Roller, Elsberry HS; and April Narkawicz, Fort Zumwalt South HS. │1989│ Kerry McIntyre, Fort Zumwalt South HS; and Denise Muensterman, Troy Buchanan HS. │1988│ James Browning and Patrick McReynolds, St. Peters HS. │1987│ Shannon Singer, Clopton HS; and Michael Baty, Elsberry HS. │1986│ Melissa Reid, Clopton HS; and Tracy Henke, Troy Buchanan HS. │1985│ Mary Jenkins, Elsberry HS; and Janelle Boessen, Troy Buchanan HS. │1984│ Mona Morgan, Elsberry HS; and Samantha Graham, Troy Buchanan HS.│1976│ Edward Ellerbeck, Holt HS; Cynthia Dwyer, Silex HS; and Juanita Ell, St. Dominic HS. │1975│ Greg Bauer, Clopton HS; Paul Orf and Brenda Sorter, Elsberry HS. │1974│ Cheryl Hill, Cynthia Lynn and Scott Watson, Francis Howell HS. │1973│ Gail Pope, Francis Howell HS; Cynthia Bauer, Silex HS; and Doris Matustik, Troy Buchanan HS. │1972│ Ann Brown and Duke Duvall, Clopton HS; Debbie Reinker, Elsberry HS; Kathy Medued, Francis Howell HS; Connie Seeger, Silex HS; and Randall Middike, St. Dominic HS. │1971│ Mary Motley, Clopton HS; Robert Edwards and Terry Twesay, Elsberry HS; Karen Diekamp, Francis Howell HS; Ken Orf and Debbie Preis, St. Dominic HS. │1970│ Larry Foster, Elsberry HS; Beverly Hacker and Ruth Heitkamp, St. Dominic HS; Linda Cross and Jeanette Lester, Troy Buchanan HS; and Gary Wilmsmeyer, Warrenton HS. │1969│ Brenda Lou Martin, Clopton HS; and Mike Miller, Elsberry HS. │1968│ Rose Wommack and Kathy Seeger, Silex HS. │1967│ Donna Ruthermich, Wentzville Holt HS; and Richard Anthony, Winfield HS. │1966│ Kay Prerister, Francis Howell HS; and Glenda Barley, Troy Buchanan HS. │1965│ Phyllis Wilhoit Bowling Green HS; and Margaret Wolf, St. Dominic HS. │1964│ Becky Scholl, Clopton HS; and Wayne Gould, Wentzville Holt HS.