Electric Cooperative Essay

Washington D.C. Youth Tour June 7-14, 2018

This year Grand Electric will select TWO high school students from our service area, to join several other students from South Dakota on an all-expense-paid trip to Washington D.C.

To be eligible:

  • must be a high school sophomore or junior
  • submit a 500 word essay on the following topic, "What are the pros and cons of electric cars?"
  • parents or guardian must be a member of Grand Electric
  • include a recent picture

Details on requirements. Please include ALL of the following to be eligible.

Cover page - Include your name and the title of the essay on this page.

Second page - Contact information: Applicant's name, address, phone number, e-mail address, date of birth, year in school and school attending. Also include your parent or guardian's name(s).

Third page - Your typed, double-spaced, 500 word essay on the topic listed above.  Do your research and write a knowledgeable essay.

Lastly, include a recent picture of yourself that Grand Electric can use in publications such as Cooperative Connections, our web-site and Facebook page. If you are submitting your application electronically, attach the photo as a jpeg file.

TIP* Have a parent or teacher proof-read your essay. Having another person proof your writing is the best way to catch mistakes and enables you to submit YOUR best work! Grammar and punctuation ARE judged, along with relevant content.

Deadline for entering is March 23, 2018.

To submit electronically: Email the required documents to reggebo@wrctc.coop

To submit by mail: Send to Grand Electric Cooperative, Inc.

                                   Youth Tour Essay

                                   P.O. Box 39

                                   Bison, SD 57620

Grand Electric Cooperative, Inc. is committed to providing opportunities to the youth of our rural communities. The future of rural America depends on the youth of today, which is why we continue to provide funds for higher education, opportunities for knowledge and growth, and resources to achieve success.



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Register now by clicking here!

Join teens from around the state for a three-day, expense-paid excursion to North Dakota. Tour the Great Plains Synfuels Plant, the Freedom Coal Mine and the Antelope Valley Station Electric power plant.

To be eligible:

  • must be a high school freshman, sophomore or junior
  • parents or guardian must be a member of Grand Electric.

Deadline to enter is May 19, 2017.



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!

To enter, students must:

* be a sophomore or junior in high school

* be the dependent of a Northern Plains Electric Cooperative member

* Write a two-page double spaced essay answering:

There are approximately 20 million military veterans in the United States today. How shall fellow U.S. citizens honor and look after these veterans, who have served and sacrificed on our behalf?  Describe any special connection you may have to a veteran or active-duty member of the military.

The deadline for submitting applications is January 31, 2018.  Email entries should be directed to jillw@nplains.com and hard-copy entries mailed to: Youth Essay Contest, Northern Plains Electric Cooperative, P.O. Box 180, Carrington, ND 58421-0180. 

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