HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS: Youth Tour Essay Contest Now Open

HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS: Youth Tour Essay Contest Now Open

The annual essay contests to determine A&N Electric Cooperative’s Youth Tour and VICE Conference participants begins this month. The contests for each trip will be separated this year. A student can submit an essay for each, but can only be chosen for one trip if they meet the individual qualifications.

Each year the cooperative sponsors local students to attend the annual Electric Cooperative Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. The students toured Capitol Hill and also visited historical and cultural sites around the nation’s capital, including the African American History Museum, Arlington National Cemetery and the Pentagon. Other activities included an evening cruise on the Potomac River and a theatrical performance at the Kennedy Center.

The Youth Tour Essay Contest is open to all high school and homeschool juniors living within the cooperative’s service territory.
The student who submits the top essay from each local high school will be eligible to attend Youth Tour in June 2021. Students can select between one of two essay topics: “Electricity’s Importance to the Eastern Shore” or “What Would Life Be Like Without Access to Electricity?”
Due to COVID-19, essays can be submitted directly to the cooperative through the Youth Tour Application and Essay form.


  • Current High School Junior

  • Complete and Submit the Youth Tour Application Form before Dec. 4

  • Completed essay submitted prior to the Dec. 4 deadline

  • Live within the cooperative’s service territory


Both conferences are at no cost to students who are selected. The cooperative also provides transportation to both events.

Essay guidelines will be sent to the guidance offices at each high school. To learn more about how you can participate in these programs, speak with your high school’s guidance office or contact Cooperative Youth Tour Coordinator Jay Diem.

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