Washington Youth Tour
(above: winners of 2018 Youth Tour in front of the White House)
Washington Youth Tour Presentation
You’re probably wondering why an electric utility is offering a trip to Washington D.C.
- All electric cooperatives in Arizona send at least one representative on this trip.
What is a cooperative, you ask? You probably don’t even give it a second thought now, but when you’re out on your own and paying a power bill, you will appreciate an electric cooperative that much more.
This trip – the Washington Youth Tour – is part of our Commitment to Community at MEC, where we now send SIX students (up until last year it was just two students), to represent the cooperative on the national tour, which is sponsored by the NRECA.
The six students from our area will travel with representatives from other Arizona Co-ops ---- About 60 kids in all!!
So, what do you have to do to qualify for the Washington Youth Tour?
- Complete an application and write a 300 – 500-word essay about 1 of 3 topics.
- Must be a High Scool Junior.
- Parent or guardian must be a member of Mohave Electric.
We know just the word “essay” may result in anxiety for some. But just think – we are choosing SIX STUDENTS this year, not just TWO.
So, your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to fill out one of these applications and submit an essay by Friday, October 5, 2018.
- Applications are available at local high school front offices and Mohave's member services office located at 928 Hancock Rd. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon-Fri.
- Please, only take an application if you plan to enter.
- Applications may also be downloaded by clicking on the application image below.
Semi-Finalists will be chosen from the entries, with each semi-finalist receiving a $25 gift card.
Semi-finalists will give an oral presentation on October 25, 2018 in front of a panel of judges.
You can use visual aids, but no Power Point presentations are allowed.
Six students will be chosen as finalists, along with one alternate.
Travel dates for the next Washington Youth Tour are June 13 – 20, 2019.
(click picture above for application)
Six Local Students Earn Place on 2018 Washington Youth Tour
Winners of MEC’s annual competition, held on October 19 at Mohave Community College, are Amy Cervantes and Anna Grasso of River Valley High School; Mikayla Barton, Monica Houltram and Alex Westwood of Mohave High School; and homeschooled high school junior Jacob Mieding. Brianna Lipinski from Mohave High School was selected as the group’s alternate.
The six students will join more than 1,800 students from electric cooperatives across the U.S. for the Youth Tour program that provides the opportunity to visit historical sites in our nation’s capitol and experience the workings of our federal government.
The Mohave Electric-sponsored competition was open to area high school juniors whose parents or guardians are MEC members. From their original applications - which included an essay - semi-finalists were chosen to participate in a presentation contest based on a randomly assigned energy-related topic. Subjects ranged from energy challenges that will affect future generations to energy efficiency to the economic future of energy. A panel of four community leaders served as judges, who ranked the students based on scaled criteria of content, subject knowledge, organization, delivery, eye contact, appearance, and use of visual aids.
The 2018 competition marks the 26th year Mohave has selected area students to participate in the national youth tour. This highly educational program is funded with assigned capital credits at no cost to the cooperative.
“Trip of a Lifetime” winners are all smiles following the speech competition for the 2018 Washington Youth Tour on October 19 at MCC’s Bullhead Campus. (L-R) Mohave Electric Public Affairs and Communications Specialist and event co-emcee Paul LaVoie; Amy Cervantes and Anna Grasso from River Valley High; Brianna Lipinski (alt.), Monica Houltram, Mikayla Barton and Alex Westwood of Mohave High; home-schooled high school junior Jacob Mieding, and MEC Energy Management Specialist and co-emcee Steve Bouman.
L-R Monica Houltram, Gina Reese(MEC Member Service Manger), Mikayla Barton, Amy Cervantes, Anna Grasso, Alex Westood and Jacob Meiding
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.