(above: winners of 2018 Youth Tour in front of the White House)
Washington Youth Tour Presentation
You’re probably wondering why an electric utility is offering a trip to Washington D.C.
- All electric cooperatives in Arizona send at least one representative on this trip.
What is a cooperative, you ask? You probably don’t even give it a second thought now, but when you’re out on your own and paying a power bill, you will appreciate an electric cooperative that much more.
This trip – the Washington Youth Tour – is part of our Commitment to Community at MEC, where we now send SIX students (up until last year it was just two students), to represent the cooperative on the national tour, which is sponsored by the NRECA.
The six students from our area will travel with representatives from other Arizona Co-ops ---- About 60 kids in all!!
So, what do you have to do to qualify for the Washington Youth Tour?
- Complete an application and write a 300 – 500-word essay about 1 of 3 topics.
- Must be a High Scool Junior.
- Parent or guardian must be a member of Mohave Electric.
We know just the word “essay” may result in anxiety for some. But just think – we are choosing SIX STUDENTS this year, not just TWO.
Six Local Students Earn Place on 2018 Washington Youth Tour
Winners of MEC’s annual competition, held on October 19 at Mohave Community College, are Amy Cervantes and Anna Grasso of River Valley High School; Mikayla Barton, Monica Houltram and Alex Westwood of Mohave High School; and homeschooled high school junior Jacob Mieding. Brianna Lipinski from Mohave High School was selected as the group’s alternate.
The six students will join more than 1,800 students from electric cooperatives across the U.S. for the Youth Tour program that provides the opportunity to visit historical sites in our nation’s capitol and experience the workings of our federal government.
The Mohave Electric-sponsored competition was open to area high school juniors whose parents or guardians are MEC members. From their original applications - which included an essay - semi-finalists were chosen to participate in a presentation contest based on a randomly assigned energy-related topic. Subjects ranged from energy challenges that will affect future generations to energy efficiency to the economic future of energy. A panel of four community leaders served as judges, who ranked the students based on scaled criteria of content, subject knowledge, organization, delivery, eye contact, appearance, and use of visual aids.
The 2018 competition marks the 26th year Mohave has selected area students to participate in the national youth tour. This highly educational program is funded with assigned capital credits at no cost to the cooperative.
“Trip of a Lifetime” winners are all smiles following the speech competition for the 2018 Washington Youth Tour on October 19 at MCC’s Bullhead Campus. (L-R) Mohave Electric Public Affairs and Communications Specialist and event co-emcee Paul LaVoie; Amy Cervantes and Anna Grasso from River Valley High; Brianna Lipinski (alt.), Monica Houltram, Mikayla Barton and Alex Westwood of Mohave High; home-schooled high school junior Jacob Mieding, and MEC Energy Management Specialist and co-emcee Steve Bouman.
L-R Monica Houltram, Gina Reese(MEC Member Service Manager), Mikayla Barton, Amy Cervantes, Anna Grasso, Alex Westood and Jacob Meiding