Every June, more than 1,800 high school students from across the country spend a week in the nation's capital as part of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. The students are sponsored by electric cooperatives – cooperatives that are committed to educating America's rural youth about America and the role electric cooperatives play in developing strong rural communities.
Participating in the Youth Tour is a unique 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!
Each year, West Central Electric sends delegates to Washington, DC for the National Rural Electric Youth Tour. To be eligible, students must attend a school in the WCE service area, and write a 600-word essay on a chosen topic. Finalists will compete in an oral competition to determine the winners.
WCE selected 5 winners to the CYCLE conference sponsored by the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives. They will join more than 100 other delegates from across the state.
Students will hear amazing speakers, participate in team-building and leadership activities, and get a chance to debate their own bill on the floor of the Missouri House of Representatives.
Santa Fe student Callie Fuerhring earned one of the top three awards and will be attending the Youth Tour. Santa Fe Junior Caedon Bergman was one of the top 5 selected to attend CYCLE. Congratulations Callie and Caedon!!!