Cuivre River Electric Announces Youth Tour Finalists
March 28, 2014. Cuivre River Electric Cooperative is proud to announce the twelve area high school juniors who have been selected as the Youth Tour finalists. They are Tara O’Brien and Arianna Shaffer, Elsberry HS; Elizabeth Citrowske, Homeschool; Brandelyn Martin, Silex HS; Alison Boehmer, St. Dominic HS; Caroline Newby, Timberland HS; Madeline Colyer, Troy Buchanan HS; Kaitlynn Benfield, Grant Cordell and Gabriel Holtmeyer of Warrenton HS; Marissa Burch and Samantha Eggemeyer, Winfield HS.
The twelve finalists were selected from 333 student essays focusing on “The Power of Cooperative Principles”. The seven cooperative principles include Voluntary and Open Membership, Democratic Member Control, Member Economic Participation, Autonomy and Independence, Education, Training and Information, Cooperation among Cooperatives and Concern for Community. The essays were judged based on student’s cooperative knowledge, composition, originality, grammar and neatness.
The CREC Youth Tour Final Competition and Awards Banquet will be held on April 16th at the CREC branch office in Lake Saint Louis. The twelve finalists will take a small cooperative knowledge based quiz worth 50 points, and then present their winning essays to a board of distinguished judges and special guests. Their presentations will be judged on the student’s speaking ability, poise and personality, appearance and length of presentation.
The six students with the highest combined competition scores will become the 2014 CREC Youth Tour delegates, and receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D. C., June 13-19, to attend the National Youth Tour Conference. They will travel among 90 Missouri delegates, meet with more than 1,500 delegates from across the United States, visit Congress, tour Capitol Hill, and see national historic memorials and landmarks.
The six runners-up will receive a $250 Youth Tour scholarship to the college or university of their choice. Nine teachers will be recognized for their continued support of the CREC Youth Tour program. They are Sarah O’Brien and Sara Sehie of Elsberry HS, Joan Potthast of St. Dominic HS, Jeremy Boesch and Kevin Porter of Timberland HS, Amanda Franke, Kristine Heimburger and Casey Olearnick of Warrenton HS, and Sharon Bader of Winfield HS.
Cuivre River Electric Cooperative is the largest member-owned electric distribution cooperative in Missouri. It provides service to more than 60,000 residential, business, commercial, industrial and agricultural members in Lincoln, Pike, St. Charles and Warren counties. For more information on the Youth Tour or Cuivre River Electric Cooperative visit www.cuivre.com or contact Lonnie Tucker at 800-392-3709 ext. 230.