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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.

The names for the picture are as follows:

Left to right standing:  Olivia Kulhanek, Breanna Fobbs, Hayden Lester

Left to right seated:  Heidi Rodriguez and Payton Meade


Payton Meade, a senior at Olney High School and daughter of Matt & Staci Meade, 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.  Payton was one of five finalists selected for final interviews of the essay contest held on February 19 at the Fort Belknap Electric Cooperative office in Olney.


Heidi Rodriguez, a senior at Olney High School and daughter of Gunter & Shannon Rodriguez, was selected as alternate in the essay contest, which gives her the opportunity to travel to the nations capitol also. She will be sponsored by Brazos Electric Cooperative in Waco.


Olivia Kulhanek, a senior at Olney High School and daughter of Jamie Kulhanek and Glen Kulhanek, was selected as first runner-up.


Other finalists that participated in the youth tour judging were:


Breanna Fobbs, a senior at Olney High School and daughter of Sandra Paul.


Hayden Lester, a junior at Woodson High School and son of Greg & Christy Lester.


Payton and Heidi will travel to the nations capitol June 6-15, along with approximately 147 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 53rd anniversary of the Youth Tour, which was the idea of President Lyndon B. Johnson.


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


Click here for the 2019 Youth Tour Essay contest application

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