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Youth Tour


Write a Winning Essay and Win A Trip of a Lifetime, through NRECA Youth Tour!

  • Washington, D.C.
  • June 9-15th, 2018
  • Deadline for Youth Tour Applications is January 31, 2018


  • You must be a sophomore or junior in high school enrolled in the fall of 2018.
  • You and your parents or guardian must be served by a North Dakota Electric Cooperative.
  • Essay is not to exceed  two standard 8 1/2 x11" typewritten, double spaced pages on a specific topic.

The 2018 Essay Topic:

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.





2017 Youth Tour Winner . . . Congratulations Ryeleigh Rae Laib!

This year's winner is Ryeleigh Rae Laib.  She is the daughter of Sheldon and Anita Laib of Mercer North Dakota. Ryeleigh will be a Junior at Turtle Lake-Mercer High School in the fall of 2017. School activities she participates in are FFA as Sentinel, Pep Club, Band, Choir, Volleyball, Acalympics, Sources of Strength, National Honor Society and Student Council.  Her hobbies include showing livestock (cattle, goats, pigs), Livestock Judging, and Meats Judging.  Other activities she participates in are Our Savior's LYO church group, Sheridan County 4-H (President of Northern Lights 4-H Club), ND Junior Red Angus Association, ND Junior Simmental Association, North American Junior Red Angus Association.

During her time in Washington, Ryeleigh will learn about electric cooperatives, American History and U.S. Government. She will walk away with a greater understanding of her role as a citizen.  Ryeleigh will participate in National Youth Day, visit with our representatives and senators, and explore the sights around the nation’s capital. She will travel with other students from North Dakota and get to interact with students her age from across the nation. There is no doubt that she will see much of the rich history that is America. Walking the hallowed halls of Congress is a memory that will always stay with her.



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!

The Electric Cooperative Youth Tour has brought high school juniors and seniors to Washington, D.C. every June since the late 1950s. Students compete for slots for this unique opportunity and are selected for this program by their local electric cooperative. McLean Electric’s selection process takes the form of an essay contest. 


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