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CREC Youth Tour Essay Competition - Deadline March 1

Six area students will have the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C., this summer as part of the Missouri Electric Youth Tour. Cuivre River Electric Cooperative has sent over 200 delegates to our nation’s capital in the past 60 years.
This year’s delegates will be among dozens from Missouri and thousands from across the nation to spend a week in the nation’s capital. The Youth Tour trip is planned for June 14-20.

The local Youth Tour program sponsored by CREC consists of an essay contest open only to high school juniors who live and attend school in CREC’s general service area or have CREC service in their homes. The 2024 essay theme is “My Favorite Cooperative Principle.” Entry forms are available online at cuivre.com/youthtour. The deadline to enter is Friday, March 1, 2024.

Entries remain anonymous during preliminary judging by CREC staff. The 12 top-scoring essays are selected as finalists and will attend the final competition scheduled for Wednesday, April 3.

The top six finalists will be selected as Youth Tour delegates and earn the trip to D.C. The other six finalists will receive $500 scholarships. CREC fully funds the Youth Tour program. There is no cost to students or families.

Teachers who support the Youth Tour program and submit at least ten student entries receive a $50 classroom grant from CREC.

Among the highlights of the Youth Tour trip are touring famous monuments, the Smithsonian Institution’s museums and Arlington National Cemetery. Delegates will also be able to visit with congressional districts' legislators.

For more information on the Youth Tour program, contact Tim Schmidt at 636-695-4837 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Cuivre River Electric Cooperative is the largest member-owned electric distribution cooperative in Missouri. It provides service to more than 70,000 residential, business, commercial, industrial and agricultural members in Lincoln, Pike, St. Charles, Warren, and Montgomery counties.