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Washington D.C. Youth Tour

Attention High School Juniors and Seniors
Win a Trip to Washington D.C.

Southeastern Electric Cooperative will once again sponsor high school (juniors and seniors) on an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. Each June, over 1,800 high school juniors and seniors travel to Washington, D.C., to participate in the Rural Electric Youth Tour. During the week, they learn about Washington, D.C., government, cooperative philosophy and rural electrification. The students are selected and sponsored by their local rural electric cooperatives. The South Dakota Rural Electric Association (SDREA) coordinates arrangements for the South Dakota students.

Some of the sites that are toured include the Lincoln Memorial, National Cathedral, The White House, Air and Space Museum, Washington Monument, U.S. Capitol, Ford’s Theatre, The Kennedy Center, the Metro, Arlington National Cemetery, Mount Vernon, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, The Smithsonian, Iwo Jima Statue, National Archives, U.S Supreme Court and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Students will participate in a breakfast briefing with the South Dakota Congressional Delegation.

Who is Eligible? All area high school juniors and seniors whose parents or guardians are members of Southeastern Electric Cooperative.

What Does It Cost? Southeastern Electric, along with the other local electric cooperatives that participate in the week long event, funds the tour. The funding for the tour provides for each participant’s transportation, room and board, entertainment and sightseeing events. Students are required to provide their own spending money (snacks and souvenirs).

When is it Held? The weeklong trip will be held on June 15-21, 2024. Participants will meet for an orientation meeting on Saturday, June 15 in Sioux Falls. Then, the group will fly to D.C. on Sunday, June 16, and return to South Dakota on Friday, June 21. A commercial bus will be used for transportation while in D.C.

How do I Qualify? Each Entrant must submit an essay, not to exceed 500 words, on the following topic: “If chosen as a youth tour delegate, you will be traveling to Washington, D.C. to experience and learn about America’s rich history. What moment in American history do you wish you had been a part of, and what would you have contributed?”

All essays must be typed and include a cover sheet that states the title of the essay, the entrant’s name and address, name of parent or guardian and the name of your school.

Please complete the online form and submit your essay below.

Deadline to apply is March 4, 2024.

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