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Youth Tour

What is the Government-in-Action Youth Tour?

Every June, as many as 1,500 high school students from across the country spend a week in the nation's capital as part of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. The students are sponsored by electric cooperatives – cooperatives that are committed to educating America's rural youth about America and the role electric cooperatives play in developing strong rural communities.

Participating in the Youth Tour is an awesome way to learn about this great nation, develop leadership skills, gain a better understanding of electric cooperatives, and make friendships that will last beyond the week!

Fort Belknap Electric sponsors one student to represent the co-op each year in the Govenment-in-Action Youth Tour. We sponsor an essay contest and the top 5 essays are selected as finalists. The finalists are interviewed by a panel of judges and the winner is chosen with the essay being half of the score and the interview being the other half of the score. The essay information is available after January 2nd each year and the judging usually occurs in February of each year.

This all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. is a trip of a lifetime!

Contact Janell Hubbard at 940-564-3526 for more information.


Left to right: Carson Little, Kodee Scott, Morgan Montgomery, Brent McCorkle and Erik Cuba

2017 Government-in-Action Youth Tour Winner: Erik Cuba, a junior at Olney High School and son of B.J. & Kim Cuba has been selected as winner of an all-expense-paid Government-in-Action Youth Tour to Washington, D.C., sponsored by Fort Belknap Electric Cooperative. Erik was one of five finalists selected for final interviews of the essay contest held on February 21, 2017 at the Fort Belknap Electric Cooperative office in Olney.

Other finalists include:

Carson Little, senior at Olney High School and son of Bill & Cristi Little, was selected as alternate in the essay contest.

Morgan Montgomery, senior at Olney High School and daughter of Kendall & Tammy Montgomery, was selected as first runner-up.

Kodee Scott, senior at Olney High School and daughter of Dickie & Gail Scott

Brent McCorkle, senior at Olney High School and son of Mark & Kelly McCorkle

Erik Cuba will travel to the nation's capitol June 7-16, along with approximately 144 other Texas youth and chaperones for a fun-filled and educational tour of many famous monuments, memorials and other places of interest in Washington, D.C. This year marks the 52nd anniversary of the Youth Tour, which was the idea of President Lyndon B. Johnson.

We congratulate our winner and finalists and would like to thank each of the 49 students that entered an essay in our contest.

Click here to print a copy of the Youth Tour Entry Form for 2018.

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