Each year, CCEC sends a high school student on the NRECA Youth Tour. For over 40 years, electric cooperatives have sponsored high school students from across America to visit the nation’s capitol and meet their members of congress.
Meet David Eide, our representative from 2011:
Hello! My name is David and I had the opportunity to attend the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour this summer. The youth tour is a huge gathering of students, like me, from all around the country. It took place in Washington, DC. The electric cooperatives send high school students to Washington, in order to help the students understand the government and its political process. This is one way that the electric cooperative likes to give back to their area. Many cooperatives around the country send students who gather as a state and attend the different functions on the tour. Our North Dakota group traveled with Montana and Idaho. There were students from all around the states in each group.
During this trip, we had a chance to meet with North Dakota’s representative and senators. We toured the National Mall, Smithsonian museums, Ford’s Theatre, Pentagon Memorial, Supreme court, The Capitol, and the Library of Congress, just to name a few! All of the 1,500 attending students met up for a conference, cruised on the Potomac River, and had a farewell dance. There were tons of people to meet! Our state group even attended the performance Wicked at the Kennedy Center on the last night. As you can see, we experienced and saw a lot for how long we were in Washington.
I learned many things about government and the importance of cooperatives. One thing I learned was that senators and representatives are very busy people. However, they all took the time to have a visit and chat with us. We were able to ask questions and learn what they do on a typical work day. Our group enjoyed a tour of the Capitol given by one of the interns. Because of this, we saw places that the public usually does not see. At the Youth Tour conference, a former senator portrayed George W. Norris, a pioneer for electric cooperatives. He told the story of how they came to be. Before this trip, I thought that this was an electric company that sends you another bill. Now I know that cooperatives brought electricity to the little guys in rural places, where it was not profitable to do so.
Thank you Cass County Electric for sending me on this trip! I feel very fortunate that this co-op participates in this program because not all do. It was a great time meeting new people from all over the country and exploring Washington. It was a trip that I will definitely not forget!
Here are the details for entering the contest:
• To enter the essay-writing/poster contest, you must be a junior or senior in high school in the fall of 2012.
• You and your parents or guardian must be served by Cass County Electric Cooperative.
• Poster can be any size. Essay is not to exceed two standard 8½ x 11″ typewritten, double-spaced pages. Poster or essay are to be created considering this topic:
“What would your day be like without electricity?”
• Submit your essay or poster in hard copy or electronic format to Cass County Electric. Electronic submissions should conform to the two-page, double-spaced guideline described above. Include a cover page with your name, date of birth, school and grade in 2011, parent or guardian’s name, address and telephone number.
• The deadline is Monday, Jan. 24, 2012. E-mailed entries should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org, and hard-copy entries mailed to:
Youth Tour Essay Contest, Cass County Electric Cooperative, 3312 42nd St S, Suite 200, Fargo, ND 58104
If you have a question, contact Carrie Carney, Cass County Electric, at (701) 356-4534.
For more info on the Youth Tour visit http://www.youthtour.coop/.