Youth Tour Contest

Platte-Clay participates in a national program that allows rural electric cooperative students an opportunity to earn a trip to Washington, D.C., by writing an essay on a topic determined by the co-op. Finalists will present to a panel of judges this spring. The judges will choose 6 students to represent the co-op at leadership conferences in Washington, D.C. and Jefferson City this summer. This contest is open to high school juniors in our service area.


Youth Tour Essay Contest 2024 Application

The theme of the 500-750 word essay or 2-3 minute video is:

“Cooperatives operate according to the same set of seven cooperative principles. These principles are a key reason that America’s electric cooperatives operate differently from other electric utilities. In your opinion, what is the most important cooperative principle?”

Essays must be typed and double-spaced and videos should be 2-3 minutes long. The deadline for entries is March 8, 2024. The essays will be judged anonymously, so please only number the pages and do not put your name on each one. See the Contest Rules below. To enter, please fill out the following application form.

Parents or Guardian

Note: at least one Parent or Guardian is required.

Maximum file size: 268.44MB

Essay or Video

Maximum file size: 50MB


Youth Tour Essay Contest Guidelines

1. Student Eligibility
This contest is open to any high school junior who attends school in Platte-Clay Electric Cooperative’s service area or whose parents are members of the cooperative.

2. Submissions
Contestants are to submit a typed essay of approximately 500-750 words, or a 2-3 minute video on a specific topic to be determined by Platte-Clay. It is important that students DO NOT put their name on the essay. Platte-Clay will code the essay so that they can be judged anonymously.

3. Judging
The essay contest will consist of two parts, written or video review and then oral presentations. First, the written essays or video will be reviewed with the top six selected for the presentation finals.

4. Finalists
The students with the top six scores on the first part of the contest will be asked to present their essays before a panel of judges at the Platte-Clay office in Kearney. The two students with the highest combined written / video and oral scores will be Platte-Clay Electric’s delegates to the Rural Electric Youth Tour to Washington, D.C., in June. The remaining four finalists will each receive a memento and a cash prize. Plus, these four students will earn an all-expense-paid trip to Jefferson City to an award-winning leadership conference, typically held in July.

5. Delegate Duties
The Youth Tour winners may be asked to promote the contest to local organizations and to attend the co-op’s annual meeting as a Youth Tour representative.


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For more information, visit http://www.amec.org/youth-tour or www.youthtour.coop