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Youth Tour

2019 Black River Electric Cooperative Youth Tour Essay Contest

Congratulations to our finalists! 


(Back row left to right) BREC Director Bill Hovis; BREC Director Tom Mooney; Samuel Horrell of Leopold R-III; Hunter Lincoln of Woodland R-IV; Judson Mayfield of Woodland R-IV and BREC Director Jerry Ellis. (Front row, left to right)  Hannah-Beth Walker of Arcadia Valley R-II; Katelyn Young of Arcadia Valley R-II; Jacy Kiser of Clearwater R-I; Elaina Lunyou of South Iron R-I and Abigail Sullens of Fredericktown R-I.


Local students will represent BREC in Washington D.C.

Black River Electric Cooperative’s Annual Youth Tour Essay Contest challenged high school juniors to learn more about their electric cooperative while competing for the “trip of a lifetime.” Students were asked to write an essay about the “Power of Membership: In a Cooperative, you are a member-owner, not just a customer.” They were asked to “explain the difference this relationship makes by using one or more of the 7 Cooperative Principles.” This year, BREC celebrates 81 years of powering communities and empowering members.

Nine finalists were selected from entries across the BREC system. Those finalists presented their essays to invited guests and a panel of judges April 16th at BREC’s headquarters in Fredericktown. Students were competing to win one of three, all-expenses paid trips to the Rural Electric Youth Tour in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. BREC’s winners will join approximately 100 other winners selected by Missouri electric cooperatives and 1,600 delegates from across the nation for an unforgettable week of learning and fun.  Three winners were also selected to attend the Cooperative Youth Conference & Leadership Experience (CYCLE) in Jefferson City, and three contestants earned a cash prize.

“All the finalists did a fabulous job presenting their essays at the banquet,” said Heather Dietiker, Communication Specialist for BREC. “It’s refreshing to see these bright young leaders making a positive difference in their schools and communities. This leadership experience allows them to do just that while learning about the cooperative difference. They are our future member-owners, and we’re honored to be represented by them in Washington D.C. and Jefferson City.”

The three high school juniors chosen to represent BREC in Washington D.C. are: Katelyn Young of Arcadia Valley R-II, Judson Mayfield of Woodland R-IV and Abigail Sullens of Fredericktown R-I. CYCLE delegates are: Samuel Horrell of Leopold R-III, Hannah-Beth Walker  of Arcadia Valley R-II and Jacy Kiser of Clearwater R-I. Receiving a cash prize were: Hunter Lincoln of Woodland R-IV, Holden Laughman of Lesterville R-IV and Elaina Lunyou of South Iron R-I.



Here are some highlights from last year's "Trip of a Lifetime!"


The videos below help explain the power of electric cooperatives. 








What is the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour?

Every year Black River Electric Cooperative sponsors an essay contest to select delegates to attend the annual Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. These fortunate high school students represent BREC, along with 1,500 other students, on a whirlwind tour of the nation's capital. They tour museums, visit America's most cherished monuments and even meet their elected officials. All the while they are learning about electric cooperatives and their role in the community.

Participating in the Youth Tour is an awesome way to learn about this great nation, develop leadership skills, gain a better understanding of electric cooperatives, and make friendships that will last beyond the week!

If you are a high school junior, you may be eligible to participate in the Youth Tour program. Entry application and contest rules will be available on this site January 2015. For more information, check out National Rural Electric Cooperative Association's Youth Tour site


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