Youth Tour/CYCLE Contest Winners

Young ladies from three area high schools will represent New-Mac Electric in Washington D.C. and Jefferson City this summer as a result of the cooperative’s fourth annual Youth Tour/CYCLE Contest.

McDonald County’s Mikala Mustain and Joplin’s Samantha Walker were the top finishers in the competition winning a week-long trip, called Youth Tour, to our nation’s capital. Summer McCool, also from McDonald County, and Neosho’s Emily Galbraith will be participants in CYCLE (Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience), which takes place over three days in Jefferson City.

The students are all juniors at their respective schools and were selected to be finalists in the competition by virtue of essays they submitted to the cooperative. Additional finalists included Neosho’s Sarah Werner, McDonald County’s Brittaney Mann and East Newton’s Jacob Bennion. Werner was selected to be the alternate for the trips. In addition to the aforementioned schools, the contest was also open to juniors at Carthage, Diamond, Pierce City, Sarcoxie, Seneca, and Wheaton, as well as home/private school 11th-graders in those districts.

Contestants were required to write a 400-600 word essay on the topic “Imagine life without electricity.” Finalists were then selected and invited to New-Mac’s Neosho office for a personal interview by a panel of judges.

Youth Tour will take place June 14-20. Mustain and Walker will attend a banquet in Jefferson City honoring the more than 100 delegates representing 39 Missouri electric cooperatives. Then, the next morning, they will be bused to St. Louis and fly on to Washington D.C., where they will spend the next five days visiting numerous tourist attractions. Some of their stops will include the Air Force, Washington, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, Jefferson, Iwo Jima, World War II, Vietnam, Korean and Lincoln Memorials; Arlington National Cemetery; Mt. Vernon; Ford’s Theatre; and Capitol Hill. They will also interact with over 1,800 students from co-ops across the country during NRECA Youth Day.  On the final day, the group will visit the White House before flying back to St. Louis, and busing to Jefferson City to conclude the trip.

McCool and Galbraith’s CYCLE trip is July 17-19 in Jefferson City. Around 150 students from 39 cooperatives take part in this learning experience. Highlights include touring the Missouri Supreme Court and State Capitol and the opportunity to debate a fictional bill from the acutal floor of the House of Representatives. Additionally, they participate in leadership training, hear informative speakers, and interact with one another during various enjoyable activities.

If you know someone locally who will be a high school junior in the near future, make sure they participate in New-Mac Electric’s Youth Tour/CYCLE Contest. Details for each year’s competition are made available in January.