MEC Names 2019 Youth Tour to Washington Winners
Macon Electric Cooperative’s 2019 Youth Tour to Washington Contest banquet was held on April 10, 2019 at the Macon Comfort Inn.
The eight finalists in this year’s contest were: Zoe Isaacson of New Cambria, Allison Winkler of Macon, Mackenzie White of Atlanta, Erin Jackson of Shelbina, Gus Williams of Leonard, Hope Chandler of Shelbina, Hayden Krumpelman of Marceline, and Kandace Inskip of Bevier.
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: “Electrical safety is very important to us at MEC. Write a story about electrical safety and explain how the proper safety precautions were or were not used.” The eight finalists were required to do a presentation – speech, multimedia or original movie – based on their essays. A judging panel 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: Allison Winkler, Gus Williams, Hope Chandler, and Hayden Krumpelman.
This year’s delegates will join with other youth from across the state to make the trip to our Nation’s capital on June 14, 2019. The Youth Tour program extends beyond Missouri and each year there are more than 1,600 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 20, 2019.
In addition to the trips to Washington, D.C., Hannibal-LaGrange University awarded $2,000 scholarships to Gus Williams and Hope Chandler 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: Zoe Isaacson, Mackenzie White, Erin Jackson, and Kandace Inskip.
Each of these young people will attend a three-day youth conference designed to help high school students learn about electricity, electric cooperatives and Missouri government. This conference is also designed to help the students further develop their leadership skills. They will leave on July 17, 2019 and return on July 19, 2019.
Macon Electric Cooperative would like to congratulate all of the students on their hard work and dedication to learning more about electricity and electric cooperatives. If you know of a high school junior who would be interested in applying for the Youth Tour trip in 2020, please feel free to contact our office with questions, or visit our website: www.maconelectric.com. Information on the 2020 Youth Tour contest will become available in December of 2019.