MEC Names 2017 Youth Tour to Washington Winners
Macon Electric Cooperative’s 2017 Youth Tour to Washington Contest banquet was held on April 11, 2017 at the Macon Comfort Inn.
The eight finalists in this year’s contest were: Mylie Schupback, Keytesville high school; Cameron Knapp, Macon high school; Kameron Clark, North Shelby high school; April Jackson, North Shelby high school; Kali Harrison, North Shelby high school; Paige Parshall, North Shelby high school; Leah Caputo, North Shelby high school; and Andrew Kertz, Westran high school.
These contestants vied for trips to Washington, D.C. on the Missouri Electric Cooperatives Youth Tour and Jefferson City for the Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience, and also for scholarships through Hannibal-LaGrange University.
To enter the contest, area high school juniors had to submit an essay based on the topic: “Cooperative principle number seven is concern for community. Explain the ways cooperatives positively impact the communities they serve.” The eight finalists were required to do a presentation – speech, multimedia or original movie – based on their essays. A judging panel at the banquet on April 11, 2017 scored the presentations to determine which trips the finalists would be awarded. Winners of this year’s trip to Washington, D.C. on the Youth Tour are April Jackson, Kali Harrison, Paige Parshall, and Leah Caputo.
This year’s delegates will join with other youth from across the state to make the trip to our Nation’s capital on June 9, 2017. The Youth Tour program extends beyond Missouri and each year there are more than 1,500 high school juniors in Washington, D.C. at the same time for this exciting event. The trip will include visiting many historical sites of Washington, D.C. and observing our government in action. In addition to touring the capital, they will participate in an informative question and answer session with congressional leaders and much more. They will return June 15, 2017.
In addition to the trips to Washington, D.C., Hannibal-LaGrange University awarded $2,000 scholarships to Paige Parshall and April Jackson for having the overall highest scores in the contest.
Winners of this year’s trip to the Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience (CYCLE) in Jefferson City are Mylie Schupback, Cameron Knapp, Kameron Clark, and Andrew Kertz.
Each of these young people will attend a three-day youth conference designed to help high school students learn about electricity, electric cooperatives, Missouri government and to help them develop leadership skills. They will leave on July 12, 2017 and return on July 14, 2017.