Win an All-Expenses-Paid Trip to Washington, D.C.

Enter the 2019 Washington Youth Tour Essay Contest

The 2018 Arizona/California Washington Youth Tour Group in front of the White House. Photo by Katy Reno.

Area high school sophomores, juniors and seniors have the chance win an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. next summer to participate in the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s Electric Cooperative Youth Tour leadership program.

One local winner will be among 1,500 high school students chosen from across the nation to tour Washington, D.C., in June, 2019. The lucky winner will learn more about how government works, visit the Smithsonian Institute, Arlington National Cemetery, Capitol Hill, Mount Vernon, the FDR Memorial, the World War II Memorial and more.

To qualify, a high school sophomore, junior or senior’s primary residence in Plumas, Lassen, Sierra or Washoe counties must be supplied with either electric power through Plumas- Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative or Internet service through Plumas-Sierra Telecommunications.

An application form for the 2019 Washington Youth Tour is located below and is available at the cooperative office in Portola, as well.

Complete the application and submit a typed or legibly-written essay. The topic for this year’s essay is: “Which of the seven cooperative principles do you think is most important, and why?”

The essay should be no less than 500 words and no more than 1,000 words.

Essays will be judged on creativity and content (with consideration given to spelling and grammar) by the editorial staff of Ruralite magazine in Oregon.

Applications must be returned to Plumas-Sierra REC by Friday, November 16, 2018.

So, if you’re a high school sophomore, junior or senior looking for an experience that will have a positive effect on your life, apply today!

2019 Washington Youth Tour Application Form (PDF)

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