Youth Tour/CYCLE Contest Winners

If your high school’s name doesn’t start with an “S” you are going to have to step up your game.

The winners of New-Mac Electric's 2017 Youth Tour/CYCLE Contest: (front row, left to right) Michael Lee,
Emily Horine, Kobe Kisling, Madison Wade – pictured with New-Mac Electric's Mark Rakes,
Kevin Wilson, Mitch McCumber, Lisa McMeen and Josh King.
CYCLE Winners: Sarcoxie's Michael
Lee and Seneca's Madison Wade
Youth Tour Winners: Seneca's Emily
Horine and Sarcoxie's Kobe Kisling


Students from Seneca and Sarcoxie claimed the trips to Washington D.C. and Jefferson City in New-Mac Electric’s Youth Tour/CYCLE Contest. Wheaton and Pierce City High Schools had students selected as alternates for the trips, but the “S” schools dominated the 2017 competition.


Seneca’s Emily Horine and Sarcoxie’s Kobe Kisling were selected as the top-prize winners and will attend Youth Tour in Washington D.C., while Seneca’s Madison Wade and Sarcoxie’s Michael Lee were chosen for CYCLE (Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience), which takes place in Jefferson City. Wheaton’s Kayla Vang is the first alternate, and Pierce City’s Anna Lechner is the second.


The competition was open to juniors in the 10 school districts that are at least partially served by New-Mac Electric. In addition to the schools that supplied the contest winners, Carthage, Diamond, East Newton, McDonald County, Neosho and Joplin students were also eligible, as were home or private school juniors in the aforementioned districts. 


Contestants were required to write a 400-600 word essay explaining the difference between an investor-owned electric utility and a cooperative. Finalists were then selected and invited to New-Mac’s Neosho office for a personal interview by a panel of judges.

Horine and Kisling will attend Youth Tour, June 9-15 – a week-long experience in Washington D.C. sponsored by the nation’s electric cooperatives. Missouri will send over 100 delegates, representing 37 co-ops, to be part of over 1,500 students from across the country. They will visit landmarks such as the White House, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial and many more while learning about our government and developing lifelong friendships with their fellow delegates. 


Wade and Lee will visit Jefferson City July 12-14 for CYCLE. Representatives from 39 Missouri cooperatives make up a group of around 150 CYCLE participants. This experience features tours, fun activities designed to educate about electric cooperatives, and the opportunity to debate a fictional bill from the House floor of the Capitol building.


New-Mac’s Youth Tour/CYCLE Contest is an annual competition. So if you know someone locally who will be a high school junior next year, make sure they know about the great opportunity that exists through New-Mac Electric Cooperative.