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.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
All high school juniors residing 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 flyer for specific requirements.
When is the deadline to enter?
Entries must be received by Oct. 25, 2019, to be judged. Mail them to “Youth Tour,” P.O. Box 210, Tipton, MO 65081
What is this year’s question?
Co-Mo Connect: Powered by Co-Mo Electric Cooperative is a not-for-profit, member-owned, electric utility created by the individuals who lived in this area decades ago. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for the region we serve. One of the ways we achieve that goal is by connecting our region with electricity, high-speed internet, television and phone services.
Your task is to create a project (essay, movie, presentation) that focuses on your future career path and how the technologies provided by the cooperative could enable you to follow that career in our rural area. Describe the benefit these technologies have on your chosen profession. If your planned profession is already specific to rural communities, describe how these technologies improve on the career from how it was done in the past.
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 flyer. 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 or three projects in each of Co-Mo’s service districts are named finalists and invited to the Youth Tour finals on Nov. 21, 2019, 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 skills 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.
Do you have any examples of projects that have won?
I have a question. Whom should I call?
Call Co-Mo’s Youth Tour coordinator at (800) 781-0157.