Nodak Youth Tour

Youth Tour Baseball GameEach 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 win a trip of a lifetime! An all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.

  • 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 deadline is Jan. 31, 2017. Emailed entries should be directed to gschmaltz@nodakelectric.com, and hard-copy entries mailed to:
    Youth Tour Essay Contest, Nodak Electric Cooperative,
    4000 32nd Ave. S., PO Box 13000, Grand Forks, ND 58208-3000.

Essay Question

“Democracy is the foundation of our American way of life and of cooperative enterprise. The fundamentals of democracy include voter participation, political party affiliation, and public debate of issues. Describe what you think makes our current democracy strong, and provide suggestions for ways our democracy can be made stronger and more effective.”

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