Nodak Youth Tour

Each year, area high school sophomores and juniors whose parents are Nodak members/owners are given the opportunity to be selected to attend an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. in June. Students compete by submitting an essay on a specific topic and the top-rated essay writer is sent by Nodak to join 1,500 other students from across the nation to learn about electric cooperatives, American history and U.S. Government. Participants also take part in National Youth Day, visit with North Dakota representatives in the House and Senate, and explore the sights of Washington, D.C.

Write a winning essay and experience a trip of a lifetime! An all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.  June 15-21, 2019.

  • To enter the essay-writing contest, you must be a sophomore or junior in high school.
  • You and your parents or guardian must be served by Nodak Electric Cooperative.
  • If you have a question, contact Gretchen Schmaltz, Nodak Electric, at the address listed below, or call 701-746-4461 during regular business hours.
  • The entry deadline is January 31, 2019. Emailed essays should be directed to, and hard-copy essays mailed to:
    Youth Tour Essay Contest, Nodak Electric Cooperative,
    4000 32nd Ave. S., PO Box 13000, Grand Forks, ND 58208-3000.

Essay Question

Electric Cooperatives are member-owned and controlled.  As a future member-owner of your cooperative, describe ways that smart technologies and social media might be used to communicate with young adults.  How might they be used to increase awareness and interest in the many career opportunities with electric cooperatives?

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