Youth Tour/CYCLE Contest


Attention high school juniors: What if we told you a simple homework assignment could win you a trip you will never forget? Through New-Mac Electric’s annual Youth Tour/CYCLE Contest, you could do just that.

New-Mac Electric’s Seventh Annual Youth Tour/CYCLE Contest is officially underway! During the past two years, alternate prizes in the form of scholarships have been offered to the winners of our contest due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, the plan is for New-Mac Electric to once again send two students to Washington D.C. and two more to Jefferson City for an expense-paid educational experience, where you can also make new friends and have fun! 

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 All it takes to be considered for these prizes is to write a short essay on the topic: What is your favorite Cooperative principle and why?

The contest is open to high school juniors in the following school districts: Carthage, Diamond, East Newton, Joplin, McDonald County, Neosho, Pierce City, Sarcoxie, Seneca and Wheaton. Home or private school 11th-grade students residing in the aforementioned districts are also eligible. Immediate family members of New-Mac Electric employees or board members are not eligible to participate.

Youth Tour is a week-long trip to Washington D.C. sponsored by electric cooperatives from all across the country. Delegates are selected by each co-op, grouped together with peers from their state, and then sent to the nation’s capital. Missouri will send over 100 delegates to be part of over 1,900 who will experience our nation’s capital June 13-19, 2022.

The Missouri students will see sites such as the Jefferson Memorial, Washington Monument, World War I Museum, Smithsonian Institute, International Spy Museum and many more. Also, they will learn about the workings of our government while developing life-long friendships with their fellow delegates. To learn more about Youth Tour, visit, and be sure to check out our Youth Tour video below: 



CYCLE stands for Cooperative Youth Conference & Leadership Experience. It is a three-day trip to Jefferson City, where more than 100 students learn about our state government, cooperatives and leadership in general. Delegates will tour the Missouri State Penitentiary, Missouri Supreme Court and State Capitol. They also will have the opportunity to debate a fictional bill from the actual floor of the House of Representatives. CYCLE will take place July 13-15, 2022. To learn more about CYCLE, visit


The contest consists of writing a 400-600 word essay on the following topic: What is your favorite Cooperative principle and why? All essays must include a cover sheet with the following information:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Telephone number
  • Email address
  • Parents’/Guardians’ names
  • School
  • Word count of essay

Essays should be sent to: Youth Tour/CYCLE, New-Mac Electric, PO Box 310, Neosho, MO 64850. Or, they can be emailed to with "Youth Tour/CYCLE" in the subject line. All essays must be received by Friday, March 11, 2022.

Finalists will be selected from the essays and interviewed by a panel of judges at New-Mac's Neosho office. The top two winners will attend Youth Tour, June 13-19, in Washington, D.C. The third- and fourth-place participants will take part in CYCLE, July 13-15, in Jefferson City.

Although we are excited to once again send our contest winners to either Washington D.C. or Jefferson City, we recognize the potential of these trips being canceled due to pandemic-related concerns. If the trips are canceled, New-Mac Electric will instead offer one-time college scholarships of $2,500 to the top two finishers and $500 to the third- and fourth-place winners of our contest.

If you have additional questions about the contest, call Zane in our Member Services Department at 417-451-1515 or 800-322-3849.