Youth Tour 2016: Win a trip to Washington, D.C.!

They call it “The Trip of a Lifetime.” You could be on it.

Co-Mo Electric Cooperative is sponsoring four students to attend the Youth Tour, a whirlwind adventure in Washington, D.C., with more than 100 fellow Missourians and 1,500 high school juniors from across the country.



Who’s eligible?

All high school juniors living or attending school in Co-Mo’s service territory who are not children or grandchildren of a Co-Mo board member or employee.


How can I enter?

Students are asked to enter a project that answers the contest question. Download the brochure for specific requirements.


When is the deadline to enter?

Entries must be received by Oct. 21, 2016, to be judged. Mail them to “Youth Tour,” P.O. Box 210, Tipton, MO 65081


What is this year’s question?

Co-Mo Electric Cooperative is a not-for-profit, member-owned, electric utility created by the individuals who lived in this area decades ago. Large investor-owned utilities refused to serve rural areas because it wasn’t profittable enough. Put yourself in the shoes of your grandparents and great-grandparents and come up with an essay, movie or presentation about what life was life before electricity OR how your life has changed BECAUSE of electricity. Be sure to explain specific examples of how your life will change or has changed because of electricity. Think of the hardships rural Americans faced before electricity.


Do I have to write an essay?

You can answer the question in the form of an essay, video or presentation. Details can be found in the Youth Tour brochure. Presentations can be anything from a PowerPoint presentation to a board game or just about anything else you can think of that doesn’t fall into the “essay” and “video” categories.


How are winners chosen?

A three-judge panel reviews all the projects and scores them based on how they met the project requirements, factual accuracy, clarity, technical soundness, independent research and creativity. The two three projects in each of Co-Mo’s three service districts are named finalists and invited to the Youth Tour finals on Dec. 1, 2016, at the First Baptist Church in Tipton. There, the nine finalists will be interviewed by the judges, take a written test, present their project and compete in a game show. Scores from the project, test and game show will be added to the judges’ marks for poise/presentation skllls and professional maturity. The top point-earner in each district and the next highest scorer will be headed to Washington, D.C. The five runners-up will be eligible to attend the Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience in Jefferson City, Mo.

What do people say about Youth Tour?

Listen to Youth Tour winner Leo Lutz talk about his experience.


Do you have any examples of projects that have won?

Sure do!

Alexx Lewis’s winning entry.

Alex Davis’s entry that got him to the finals.


I have a question. Whom should I call?

Call Co-Mo’s Youth Tour coordinator at (800) 781-0157.