Essay Contest Open for Youth Tour and VICE Conference

Essay Contest Open for Youth Tour and VICE Conference

Essay Contest Open for Youth Tour and VICE Conference

The annual essay contest to determine A&N Electric Cooperative’s Washington Youth Tour and VICE Conference participants begins this month.

The essay contest is open to all high school and home school juniors living in the cooperative’s service area.

The top two essays will be chosen from each school. One student from each school will be selected to attend the Washington Youth Tour in June and one student from each school will be selected to represent the cooperative at the VICE Conference in early spring.

Essay guidelines will be sent to the guidance offices at each high school this month.

Home schoolers can request the guidelines from the cooperative’s Tasley office. The deadline for essay entrants is Dec. 6, 2019.

Both conferences are at no cost to students who are selected. The cooperative also provides transportation to both events.

 

VICE CONFERENCE

Each spring, the Virginia Cooperative Council sponsors an Institute on Cooperative Education, a youth leadership conference for up to 64 Virginia high school students.

Local students from A&N Electric Cooperative’s service area are eligible to attend. The cooperative holds an annual essay contest to determine the cooperative’s participants in two educational opportunities, which includes the VICE Conference.

The objective of the conference is to educate youth about the unique cooperative form of business.

“I think this conference is worth it,” said Venah Hargis, a VICE conference attendee from Nandua High School. “You learn a lot about a business and how cooperative help your community. You got to meet new people and learn new things about yourself and others.”

 

WASHINGTON YOUTH TOUR

Each year the cooperative also sponsors local students to attend the annual National Electric Co-op Youth Tour in Washington, D.C.

The students toured Capitol Hill and also visited historical and cultural sites around the nation’s capital, including the African-American History Museum, Arlington National Cemetery and the Pentagon. Other activities included an evening cruise on the Potomac River and a theatrical performance at the Kennedy Center.

“It really gives you a lot of opportunities to meet new people and see new things,” said Youth Tour delegate Alexa Cobb.

To learn more about how you can participate in these programs speak with your high school’s guidance office or contact Cooperative Youth Tour Coordinator Patsy Goard at 757-787-9750 ext. 322.

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