Youth Tour

Youth Tour

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Youth Tour

What is the Government-in-Action Youth Tour?

Every June, as many as 1,500 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 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!


2017 Youth Winners Announced

Western Cooperative electric’s annual youth contest was held Sunday, February 19.  The contest winners were selected based on a combination of an interview, quiz and essay.  Each contestant was interviewed by a judging panel of three members.

In addition to their interviews, each contestant took a quiz about electric cooperatives on the local, state and national level.  Contestants also wrote a one page essay on the topic “Something I am Passionate About.”

The top five youth in this year’s contest, in order are:  Kinsey Griffith, Hill City High School, daughter of John and Terry Griffith; Kayla Garvert, Plainville High School, daughter of John and Michele Garvert;  Brett Herrman, LaCrosse High School, son of Glenn and Shanon Herrman; Riann Pruitt, Ellsworth High School, daughter of Brian and Deanna Pruitt; Shelby Werth, Ellis High School, daughter of Rod and Cristi Werth.  

Kinsey Griffith Close Up Kayla Garvert Close Up Brett Herrman Close Up Riann Pruitt Close Up Shelby Werth Close Up

Scholarships were awarded along with trips to Washington, D.C., and Steamboat Springs, CO.  The contestants chose from the available prizes according to placing.

Griffith and Garvert will join 35 Kansas youth and travel to Washington, D.C., June 8-15.  They will join about 1,700 other youth experiencing our country’s government in action.  They will visit their legislators and sites of historical significance.

Herrman and Pruitt will join approximately 100 youth from a four-state area participating in the Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp near Steamboat Springs, CO, July 14-20.  During their stay, the youth will become acquainted with energy challenges and tour one of the largest electrical generating plants in the Rockies.

Along with the trips, each winner will receive a $250 scholarship.  These scholarships will be sent directly to the college of their choice upon enrollment.

Werth will receive the $250 Darrell Brown Memorial scholarship.  The alternates in this year’s competition are Bailey Werner, Plainville High School, daughter of Braden and Tammy Werner; and Brooke Werner, Plainville High School, also daughter of Braden and Tammy Werner.

Western extends congratulations to the winners and thanks all contestants for participating.