Cuivre River Electric Announces Youth Tour Essay Contest Winners
Twelve finalists recently competed for Youth Tour delegate spots and scholarships during Cuivre River's 45th Annual Youth Tour Competition for high school juniors. They were chosen from 249 entries representing 19 local high schools.
Judges and guests enjoyed students' speeches on the 2013 topic, “Cooperative Principles Make a Difference in My Community.” Public speaking was the third and final component of the event.
Scores from public speaking, a cooperative knowledge quiz, and preliminary essay judging were combined to determine which finalists would travel as Youth Tour delegates, and which finalists would receive $250 scholarships.
Students now serving as delegates include Zabada Abouelhana of Timberland HS, Melissa Lamping of Troy Buchanan HS, Mary Burkemper of Winfield HS, Rachel Reckamp and Samantha Swoboda of Warrenton HS, and Kelsey Castulik of St. Dominic HS. Samantha Marre of Elsberry HS was also a top scorer but chose the $250 scholarship due to a conflict. Another delegate was named in her place.
Scholarship recipient Sarah Huckstep of Clopton HS is the next alternate, should she be needed. Scholarships were also awarded to Kaylee Cannon of Bowling Green HS, Elizabeth Cato and Sean Kruse of Winfield HS, and Meghan Todd of Warrenton HS. Students may claim their scholarships when they graduate.
Cuivre River delegates will travel with Missouri's 90-student delegation June 14-20 and meet 1,500 delegates from other states. Cuivre River has sponsored 186 Youth Tour delegates since 1964.
"These students will represent the Show Me State in Washington, D.C. as participants in NRECA’s Youth Tour. The opportunity to visit D.C., tour the Capitol building and meet with elected officials can be transformative,” said Jo Ann Emerson, CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. “There is no better place to gain an appreciation for all of our democratic institutions than here in our nation’s capital. I truly believe that students who attend the Youth Tour return home better equipped to serve their communities and co-op nation."
Public speaking judges were Dr. Gina Bueneman-Cooper, Professional Development Specialist, Cooper Management Training & Consulting, Inc., Troy; Melba Houston, Cuivre River Electric Community Trust Board Member 2007-2012, Elsberry; and Ryan Cornelius, Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Crawford Electric Cooperative, Bourbon, Mo.
Teachers honored at the competition include Dana Moniger, Clopton HS; Sarah O’Brien, Elsberry HS; Daniel Hancock, St. Dominic HS; Jeremy Boesch and Kevin Porter, Timberland HS, Kristine Mennemeyer, Ryan Meyers and Melissa Surber, Troy Buchanan HS; Elizabeth Hancock and Kristine Heimburger, Warrenton HS and Sharon Bader, Winfield HS.
Cuivre River’s 2013 Youth Tour delegates are (above, L-R) Zabada Abouelhana of Timberland HS, Melissa Lamping of Troy Buchanan HS, Mary Burkemper of Winfield HS, Rachel Reckamp and Samantha Swoboda of Warrenton HS and Kelsey Castulik of St. Dominic HS. The delegates will travel to Washington, D.C. June 14-20 to attend the National Youth Tour Conference. Scholarship recipients are pictured below in alphabetical order.
Cuivre River’s 2013 Youth Tour scholarship award winners are (above, L-R) Kaylee Cannon of Bowling Green HS, Sarah Huckstep of Clopton HS, Samantha Marre of Elsberry HS, Meghan Todd of Warrenton HS, Elizabeth Cato and Sean Kruse of Winfield HS. Each student received a $250 Cuivre River Youth Tour scholarship to the university or college of their choice.