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Youth Tour Essay Contest

Three Rivers Electric Cooperative participates in the Rural Electric Youth Tour, an essay contest for high school juniors. The winners of the essay contest are awarded a week-long all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. Juniors from all across the country go to our nation's Capitol to learn more about our government and visit the many great monuments.

Judges score the essays and the top 12 students will compete in the final judging. At the final judging, six students are selected to be the Cooperative’s delegates to the Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. The remaining six students will each receive a $200 cash prize.

To learn more about the essay contest, contact Marketing and Technical Services at 573-644-9000 or send an e-mail to

Contest Rules

More Youth Tour Links

To learn more about the Youth Tour you may want to visit one of the following cooperative links:

CYCLE (Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience)

Sophomore high school students have the opportunity to submit an application to attend the CYCLE Leadership Conference in Jefferson City. This three-day conference gives student leaders the chance to learn about Missouri government, cooperative principles, and connect with other youth leaders. It’s a lot of fun too!

The 12 students with the highest application scores will be chosen as finalists in the competition. The finals will consist of a three to five minute interview before a panel of three judges. The six students with the highest combined scores will be named as delegates to the CYCLE conference and the remaining six finalists will each receive $50.

To learn more about the CYCLE competition, contact the Marketing and Technical Services Department at 573-644-9000 or send an email to

Contest Rules

To learn more about CYCLE visit:

Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience (CYCLE)   


2015 Youth Tour Delegates were (from left): Chase Dickerson, Henley; Katey Smith, Owensville; Megan Hodge, Freeburg; Brock Winslow, Linn; Blake Bohl,  Owensville; and Holly Enowski, Russellville


2015 CYCLE Participants were (from left): Brianna Bunners, Owensville; Mariah Binkley, Eugene; Anthony Feldmann, Owensville; and Emily Schmitz, Bonnots Mill