Cuivre River Electric announces Youth Tour winners
Six local high school students will be attending this year’s National Youth Tour Conference in Washington, D.C. this summer.
The top six-scoring finalists were Nathan Nordwald, Faith Van Horn, Madelyn Guss and Isabella Linstruth, all of Warrenton High School; Rishi Kondapaneni, Liberty High School; and homeschool student Jessica Jarvis.
The final judging was determined during the 50th annual Cuivre River Electric Cooperative Youth Tour Final Competition and Awards Banquet held April 11.
Six other finalists received $500 college scholarships. They were Garrett Overton and Christian Tebeau, both of Liberty High School; Tarun Jeevan, Francis Howell High School; Hank Kientzy, Silex High School; Jaime Mennemeyer, Troy Buchanan High School; and Jared Heap, Warrenton High School.
Tebeau and Heap were named first and second alternate, respectively, should any of the students be unable to attend.
This year’s National Youth Tour will take place June 8-14. The seven-day youth tour provides an action-filled week for delegates, 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.
“We are dedicated to serving our communities where our members work and live, through exceptional service and a number of education, outreach and leadership programs,” said Tim Schmidt, Youth Tour coordinator. “Each summer, the Youth Tour program provides six students from our service area a chance to visit our nation’s capital and learn more about government, leadership and cooperatives. We are excited for this year’s delegates to experience what many describe as a trip of a lifetime.”
More than 100 students from 10 schools entered the preliminary stage of competition by submitting an essay. The top 12 students won the opportunity to advance to the final competition. In the final stage students took a cooperative knowledge quiz and presented their essays orally.
This year’s topic was “What Do Cooperatives Mean to My Community?” Scores from all three contest segments were combined to select the delegates and scholarship recipients.
Three teachers were recognized for submitting at least 10 student essays and were presented a $50 classroom grant at the Aug. 11 banquet. They were
Amanda Franke and Kristine Heimburger, both of Warrenton High School; and Sonya Borders, Liberty High School.
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.
The annual contest is open to high school juniors who live and attend school in Cuivre River’s general service area, or who have Cuivre River Electric service in their homes.
For more information contact Schmidt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 636-695-4837.
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.