Washington DC Youth Tour
Open to High School Juniors
The deadline to enter has passed. Six winners will be announced following
the student presentations at the semi-finals on October 19.
ABOVE (L-R): Mohave Electric Cooperative 2017 Washington D.C. Youth Tour competition winners are Mohave High School student Deekshita Kacham and River Valley High School student Jeremy Queen with MEC Energy Management Specialist Steve Bouman, following the speech competition held at Mohave Community College in mid-October. Not pictured: Alternate Elizabeth Barton.
(Photo: MEC/Peggy Gillman)
Mohave Electric Cooperative (MEC) will send two area students on a week-long educational trip to Washington, D.C. in June 2017, to participate in the National Rural Electric Cooperative’s 54th Annual Youth Tour.
Winners of Mohave Electric’s annual competition, held October 19, 2016, are Deekshita Kacham, daughter of Rajitha and Subash Kacham of Bullhead City, and Jeremy Queen, son of Elizabeth and Tom Queen of Fort Mohave. Elizabeth Barton, daughter of Hylie and Alan Barton of Fort Mohave was selected as an alternate.
Kacham and Queen will join more than 1,700 students from electric Local students earn trip to Washington, D.C. cooperatives across the U.S. for the Youth Tour program that provides the opportunity to visit historical sites in our nation’s capital and experience the workings of our federal government.
The MEC-sponsored contest is open to area high school juniors whose parents or guardians are MEC members. Thirteen contestants were chosen and advanced to the final competition based on essays submitted with their applications. The next phase of the competition required the participants to research a randomly assigned energy related topic then give a presentation based on the topic. Topics included energy challenges that will affect future generations, energy efficiency and the economic environmental future of energy, as well as the status, potential and history of wind, hydroelectric or solar power.
A panel of four community leaders served as judges and ranked the speakers based on criteria comprised of content, subject knowledge, organization, delivery, eye contact, appearance and use of visual aids.
This is the 26th year that MEC has selected area students to participate in the exciting Washington, D.C. Youth Tour. This worthwhile program is funded with unclaimed capital credits at no expense to the cooperative.