The students who were named as Youth Tour delegates representing Cuivre River Electric Cooperative are, from left, Alexis Kennon (Warrenton), Bailey Schneider (Warrenton), Leah Guss (Warrenton), Grayce Knisell (Warrenton), Audrey Lovell (Bowling Green) and Olivia Ketterer (Warrenton). The delegates will travel to Washington, D.C., this summer.
The students who received $500 college scholarships were, from left, Daniel Adams (Liberty), Christine Wehmeyer (Elsberry), Kaitlin Stumpf (Liberty), Caleb Stewart (Liberty) and Reese Douglas (Liberty).
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 Bailey Schneider, Leah Guss, Alexis Kennon, Grayce Knisell and Olivia Ketterer, all of Warrenton High School; and Audrey Lovell, Bowling Green High School.
The final judging was determined during the annual Cuivre River Electric Cooperative Youth Tour Final Competition and Awards Banquet held April 5.
Five other finalists received $500 college scholarships. They were Daniel Adams, Kaitlin Stumpf, Caleb Stewart, Reese Douglas, all of Liberty High School; and Christine Wehmeyer, Elsberry High School.
Adams and Wehmeyer were named first and second alternate, respectively, in the event one of the delegates cannot attend the trip.
This year’s National Youth Tour will take place June 12-18. The seven-day youth tour provides an action-filled week for delegates, offering them opportunities to 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.
Ninety students from seven 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 “My Favorite Cooperative Principle.” Scores from all three contest segments were combined to select the delegates and scholarship recipients.
Since 1964, Cuivre River has sponsored over 200 youth tour delegates for visits to Washington, D.C. More than 54,000 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.
Cuivre River Electric Cooperative is the largest member-owned electric cooperative in Missouri, providing electric service to over 70,000 homes and businesses in St. Charles, Lincoln, Warren, Pike and Montgomery counties.
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