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Youth Tour to Washington Contest

Youth Tour to Washington Contest

 

Each year, four high school juniors enjoy an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. during the nation's Youth Week in June.

2019 Youth Tour winners
2021 Youth Tour to Washington winners: Lauren Cox, Micah Lynn, Caleb Moncrief, Ansley Piazza

The selection of the winners begins when 26 high schools within the co-op's service area each select a school representative (must be in 11th grade). The representatives travel to Tallahassee, our state capital, on a three-day expense-paid, chaperoned trip. During this trip the students have opportunities to observe the state legislature in session, to learn about our State's Supreme Court and to compete to earn one of the four spots to Washington, D.C.

While in Tallahassee, the students take a written quiz about electric cooperatives and give a speech which is scored by a nonpartisan panel of judges. Study sheets for the quiz as well as the topic for the speech are provided in advance. Four students are then chosen for the trip to Washington, D.C. In 2021, the students were selected to go to D.C. based on their score from a virtual speech contest in February.

The four winners of the 2021 Youth Tour to Washington contest are Lauren Cox of Baker County High School, Micah Lynn of Fleming Island High School, Caleb Moncrief of Keystone Heights Jr./Sr. High School and Ansley Piazza of Santa Fe High School.

Since the 2021 trip to Washington, D.C. was canceled due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the four winners will be awarded scholarships. The students also met virtually with elected officials in June and were to be invited soon to tour the co-op’s headquarters and Seminole Electric’s generating station in Palatka.

The Youth Tour program at Clay Electric was implemented in the summer of 1966. At that time two students were chosen to travel to Washington, D.C. through an essay contest.

If you are interested in the 2022 Youth Tour to Washington contest, see your school counselor or contact your local district office and ask for the Member Relations Representative.

National Youth Tour website

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