Youth Tour

Youth Tour

Youth Tour Contest Begins February 1st

Published: January 30, 2017


This month high school juniors in St. Charles, Lincoln, Warren and Pike counties can now take the first step toward earning a spot as a 2017 Cuivre River Youth Tour delegate to Washington, D.C. The annual journey begins with a composition of 500 - 1,000 words.

The 2017 composition topic, "My Favorite Cooperative Principle," invites students to learn and write about one of the seven Cooperative Principles. Entries are due March 10, along with an entry form. Resources are available at, local high schools, and through Cuivre River Youth Tour coordinator Lonnie Tucker,

The final competition to select six Cuivre River delegates to Washington, D.C. is set for Wednesday, April 5, at Cuivre River's Lake Saint Louis office. Six additional students will receive $500 college scholarships.

The National Youth Tour will take place June 9-15. Cuivre River fully funds students' participation, transportation, meals and lodging; there is no cost to students or their families. 

Cuivre River has sent 210 delegates to the Washington, D.C. Youth Tour since the program began. According to Mike Marsch, who coordinates the trip for Missouri's 37 participating electric cooperatives, Missouri students are expected to make up the third largest delegation in the country.

"The Youth Tour program is an opportunity to introduce new groups of students to the cooperative principles we work to uphold," says Manager of Communications Mary Jane Clark.

"It also helps students gain knowledge and leadership skills that can help them become the leaders their communities will need in the future," she adds.

Who is eligible? The contest is open to high school juniors who live and attend school in Cuivre River's general service area, or who have Cuivre River electric service in their homes. Immediate family members of Cuivre River employees and directors are not eligible to be a Cuivre River delegate.

How to apply: Submit an entry form and 500 - 1,000 word composition on the topic, "My Favorite Cooperative Principle." Students may enter independently or through their schools.

Teachers who support the program and submit at least 10 student entries receive a $50 classroom grant. "We're very grateful for the support of teachers who offer their students this leadership opportunity and invite us to speak in their classrooms," says Tucker.

Final competition: Students with the 12 top-scoring compositions become finalists. The final challenge includes a cooperative knowledge quiz and an oral presentation before judges, families and peers at Cuivre River's Youth Tour Banquet. Six students will be chosen as delegates; six will receive scholarships.

Where to learn more: For more information or to inquire about a classroom program, contact Tucker at (800) 392-3709, ext. 4837 or email

Youth Tour

Youth Tour

What Is Youth Tour?

The Youth Tour provides high school juniors with a unique opportunity to learn about democracy and leadership in Washington, D.C. The goal of the Youth Tour is to foster students’ appreciation for the democratic form of government; educate students about the role of electric cooperatives in the national economy; expand their understanding of cooperatives as a business model; introduce students to the cooperative principles and understanding the value of rural electrification; expose students to the sights and sounds of our nation’s heritage; build students’ leadership skills so that they may make a difference in their communities; and reward students for academic achievement and community leadership.


Youth are the future. Impacting the lives of the youth of today is extremely important to the cooperative community. The mission of the Youth Tour sponsored by local electric cooperatives across the United States is built on the belief that textbooks and lectures alone are not enough to help students understand the democratic process and gain the skills necessary to become tomorrow's leaders. Rather, today's teenagers also need an opportunity to experience government first-hand by visiting the nation's capital, meeting their Representative and Senators and engaging in interactive workshops and discussion.


By educating our high school students and enhancing their self-worth, Cuivre River Electric Cooperative hopes to promote and inspire responsible and informed participation in the democratic process - in essence, ensuring a stronger future for everyone.


Youth Tour Delegate History

│2016│ Emily Baalman and Clare Citrowske, Homeschool; Kacie Francois, Timberland HS; Leo Kniffen and Justin Rice, Warrenton HS; and Kai Rogers, Winfield HS. │2015│ Hannah Baalman, Homeschool; Alexa Jones and Madison Jones, Francis Howell HS; Jessica Hoelting, Troy Buchanan HS; Sarah Hoelscher, Warrenton HS; and Alexandra Hudelson, Winfield HS. │2014│ Elizabeth Citrowske, Homeschool; Brandelyn Martin, Silex HS; Alison Boehmer, St. Dominic HS; Grant Cordell and Gabriel Holtmeyer, Warrenton HS; and Marissa Burch, Winfield HS. │2013│ Kelsey Castulik, St. Dominic HS; Zabada Abouelhana, Timberland HS; Melissa Lamping, Troy Buchanan HS; Rachel Reckamp and Samantha Swoboda, Warrenton HS; and Mary Burkemper, Winfield HS. │2012│ Krista Dye, Elsberry HS; Michael Edwards, Silex HS; Melora Broker, Samantha Olsson and Hannah Romaker, Warrenton HS; and Lauryn Burch, Winfield HS. │2011│ Jazmin Gac, Clopton HS; Christian Jacquez, Francis Howell HS; Jill Jarvis, Homeschool; Oliver Lamping, Troy Buchanan HS; Dana Heggemann and Emily Mauch, Warrenton HS. │2010│ Emily Wynn, Christian HS; Zach Brown, Clopton HS; Ellyn Bruckerhoff, Clopton HS; Amy Koonce, Troy Buchanan HS; Megan Costello, Warrenton HS; and Bethany Reller, Winfield HS. │2009│ Andrea Glenville, Christian HS; Deveron Tillotson, Elsberry HS; Katy Nickols, Timberland HS; Morgan Barton, Sterling Coffey, Austin Gibbs and Katie Robertson, Warrenton HS. │2008│ Deaven Omohundro, Clopton HS; Jasmine Tillotson, Elsberry HS; Katy Nickols, Timberland HS; Caroline Noe, Warrenton HS; Kelsey Boyd and Tom Dixon, Winfield HS. │2007│ Kayla Tepen, Bowling Green HS; Lauren Lehmkuhl, Elsberry HS; Joshua Ince, Louisiana HS; Debbie Heggemann, Kayla Moeller and Arie Swartz, Warrenton HS. │2006│ Alex Bencomo, Clopton HS; Heather Hite, Callie Johnson and Julie Speer, Warrenton HS; Kristina Boyd and Robert Swain Jr., Winfield HS. │2005│ Audrey Glenville, Christian HS; Mikal Bencomo and Courtney Larsheid, Clopton HS; Amanda Hoff, Timberland HS; Markita Hackmann, Warrenton HS; and Joshua Krato, Winfield HS. │2004│ Jill Omohundro, Clopton HS; Wendi Jo Dameron, Elsberry HS; Robert Zuroweste, Troy Buchanan HS; Lauren Moeller and Daniel Tappmeyer, Warrenton HS; Jacqueline O’Brien and Ashley Reed, Winfield HS. │2003│ Brandi Mills and Taylor McCrory, Clopton HS; Ashley Flanagan, Elsberry HS; Valerie Elrod, Warrenton HS; Jessica Nelson, Matthew Perry and Penny Rittenberry, Winfield HS. │2002│ Kera Steavenson and Jodi Talbot, Elsberry HS; Jenna Van Beek, Troy Buchanan HS; Nichole Bushdieker and Peter Simpson, Warrenton HS; Mark Himmelsbach and Jessica Pyle, Winfield HS. │2001│ Lukin Murphy, Silex HS; Lauren Humphrey, Troy Buchanan HS; Arthur Randall, Clare Painter, Gregory Patterson and Jason Prehm, Winfield HS. │2000│ Tiffany England, Clopton HS; Sean Andrews and Anthony Ruby, Wentzville Holt HS; Kristin Freese, Jennifer Lange and Tommy Vandiver, Winfield HS. │1999│ Julie Miller and Brook Stewart, Clopton HS; Valerie Maslin, Francis Howell North HS; Kimberly Willer, Silex HS; Megan Coons and Ashley Tipton, Warrenton HS. │1998│ Justin Watts, Clopton HS; Josh Burbridge, Elsberry HS; Patricia Martin, Silex HS; Amanda Mosteller and Ami Werges, Warrenton HS; and Adrienne Weller, Wentzville Holt HS. │1997│ Casey Reid and Jessica Robinson, Clopton HS; Derek Gibbs, Elsberry HS; Jacob Schindler, Fort Zumwalt South HS; Rachel Fuchs, Warrenton HS; and Shawn Hildebrand, Wentzville Holt HS. │1996│ Micah Capps and Nick Lindsay, Clopton HS; Kathrin Hitchcock, Francis Howell North HS; Russell Miner, Paula Parmeley and Sarah Rapp, Warrenton HS. │1995│ Amy Mitchell, Clopton HS, Karl Marshal and Amanda Butcher, Warrenton HS; Eric Bryant, Wentzville Holt HS; and Kerry Lewis, Wright City HS. │1994│ Amy Nittler, Jaclyn Reese, Keri Silea and Allen Schneider, Warrenton HS; and Jeffrey Main, Wentzville Holt HS. │1993│ Stasia Orf, Elsberry HS; Sami Haase, Amy Miller and Craig Reese, Warrenton HS; and David Westmoreland, Wentzville Holt HS. │1992│ Neeli Crenshaw, Elsberry HS; Leah Wommack, Troy Buchanan HS; Charity Boeger and Jennifer Humphrey, Warrenton HS. │1991│ Seth Borders, Karinsa Dieckmann, Rosalina Humphrey and Miriam Schroeder, Warrenton HS. │1990│ Susan Conrad, Clopton HS; Darcy Green and Raquel Roller, Elsberry HS; and April Narkawicz, Fort Zumwalt South HS. │1989│ Kerry McIntyre, Fort Zumwalt South HS; and Denise Muensterman, Troy Buchanan HS. │1988│ James Browning and Patrick McReynolds, St. Peters HS. │1987│ Shannon Singer, Clopton HS; and Michael Baty, Elsberry HS. │1986│ Melissa Reid, Clopton HS; and Tracy Henke, Troy Buchanan HS. │1985│ Mary Jenkins, Elsberry HS; and Janelle Boessen, Troy Buchanan HS. │1984│ Mona Morgan, Elsberry HS; and Samantha Graham, Troy Buchanan HS.│1976│ Edward Ellerbeck, Holt HS; Cynthia Dwyer, Silex HS; and Juanita Ell, St. Dominic HS. │1975│ Greg Bauer, Clopton HS; Paul Orf and Brenda Sorter, Elsberry HS. │1974│ Cheryl Hill, Cynthia Lynn and Scott Watson, Francis Howell HS. │1973│ Gail Pope, Francis Howell HS; Cynthia Bauer, Silex HS; and Doris Matustik, Troy Buchanan HS. │1972│ Ann Brown and Duke Duvall, Clopton HS; Debbie Reinker, Elsberry HS; Kathy Medued, Francis Howell HS; Connie Seeger, Silex HS; and Randall Middike, St. Dominic HS. │1971│ Mary Motley, Clopton HS; Robert Edwards and Terry Twesay, Elsberry HS; Karen Diekamp, Francis Howell HS; Ken Orf and Debbie Preis, St. Dominic HS. │1970│ Larry Foster, Elsberry HS; Beverly Hacker and Ruth Heitkamp, St. Dominic HS; Linda Cross and Jeanette Lester, Troy Buchanan HS; and Gary Wilmsmeyer, Warrenton HS. │1969│ Brenda Lou Martin, Clopton HS; and Mike Miller, Elsberry HS. │1968│ Rose Wommack and Kathy Seeger, Silex HS. │1967│ Donna Ruthermich, Wentzville Holt HS; and Richard Anthony, Winfield HS. │1966│ Kay Prerister, Francis Howell HS; and Glenda Barley, Troy Buchanan HS. │1965│ Phyllis Wilhoit Bowling Green HS; and Margaret Wolf, St. Dominic HS. │1964│ Becky Scholl, Clopton HS; and Wayne Gould, Wentzville Holt HS.