Local teenagers can experience firsthand the pride of being an American by winning a free trip to Washington, D.C. June 10-17, 2017. Federated Rural Electric, Jackson, will select the winner of this trip through its annual Youth Tour Contest.
High school freshmen, sophomores, juniors or seniors attending a high school in Federated's service area can enter. Pick up an application from the school counselor or contact Federated (firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-321-3520). The student writes a 300-word essay on an energy-related topic, which is due with the application by February 28. The first 15 students to enter receive $20 gift certificates to Amazon.com.
Five finalists are selected for short interviews March 28. The combined scores from the essay, interview and application determine the trip winner, along with second and third place who receive $150 and $100, respectively.
This past year's winner was Jessica Christoffer, Round Lake.
The winner will travel with 40 other Minnesota teens sponsored by other rural electric co-ops. Federated's delegate is one of 1,500 delegates nationally. Here's a few tour highlights from last year:
Tour the monuments: Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean Veterans Memorial, Arlington Cemetery, etc…
Tour historic sights: Library of Congress, Smithsonian Museums, Holocaust Memorial Museum, FBI Headquarters Tour, Mount Vernon, etc...
Attend special events: Moonlight cruise & dance on the Potomac River, U.S. Army Precision Drill Team, all-states dinner & dance, etc…
Interact with: 1,500 teenagers from across the U.S. sponsored by rural electric co-ops, meet with your Members of Congress and make new friends.
Go places: Interview to be the Minnesota representative on the Youth Leadership Council. If selected, you will travel to D.C. again for the 2018 Youth Tour, to the 2019 National Rural Electric Cooperative Association's Convention and a leadership training seminar in Washington, D.C.