Youth Tour/ CYCLE Essay Contest

Each year Osage Valley Electric Cooperative sponsors a contest to select two area high school juniors to represent the cooperative on the national Rural Electric Youth Tour – an exciting all-expenses paid trip to Washington DC in June! The two delegates will travel with approximately 100 students from across Missouri for a week of sightseeing, learning and fun June 19-25, 2020.

Contest Rules

WHO – All high school juniors residing within the Osage Valley service territory are eligible to apply.  Osage Valley does not have to be the electric supplier for your home.

WHAT – A little over 80 years ago, a small group of people were passionate about bringing electricity to the people and farms of our rural communities and worked to form the Osage Valley Electric Cooperative.   What are you passionate about? Please provide a typed one to two page essay about something you are passionate about and why. Tell us about your interests and what makes you unique.  

Essays must be typed and limited to two pages.  Essays must be submitted along with an application form which can be found here.  Essays and applications can be emailed in pdf form to or mailed to PO Box 470, Butler MO 64730

Applications will be judged on composition, independent thought, neatness and grammar.

WHEN – Essays and applications must be received by noon on March 12, 2020

For more information check out the 2020 YT Brochure.

Check this video of last year’s amazing Washington DC trip!

Third and fourth place finalists will attend the Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience (C.Y.C.L.E.) held in Jefferson City.  Check out the video below of the 2019 C.Y.C.L.E. experience!