Now accepting essay submissions.


June 15-21, 2024

More than 1,500 high school students nationwide participate in the annual Electric Cooperative Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. The Youth Tour consists of a fast-paced, intense week of learning about history and government, visiting with the congressional delegation, and becoming more knowledgeable about the cooperative business model. This unique trip will give you the opportunity to watch history come alive as you explore the museums, memorials and monuments with students from your state, and make friendships that will last a lifetime.

  • Be enrolled as a high school sophomore or junior during the 2023-24 school year.
  • You and your parents or guardian must be served by Nodak Electric Cooperative.
  • Submit an essay in hard copy or electronic format, which is not to exceed two standard 8.5” x 11” typewritten, double-spaced pages.
  • Submissions are judged by NDAREC Statewide Association; winner is selected in February.
  • Essays are due by January 19, 2024.

Washington, D.C. Youth Tour students have an opportunity to visit with their congressman or woman. As a member of an electric cooperative, write an essay about the concerns and questions you would discuss with your representative. Explain why these are important issues to you.

Cover page – Title of the essay, name, address, phone number, e-mail address, date of birth, year in school and school attending.
Also include your parent or guardian’s name(s).
Second page – Your typed, essay on the topic listed above.  Remember, not to exceed two standard 8.5” x 11” typewritten, double-spaced pages and do your research, write a knowledgeable essay.

*TIP* Ask a parent or teacher to proof-read your essay. Having someone else look over your essay is the best way to catch mistakes and enables you to submit your best work! Grammar and punctuation are judged, along with relevant content.

 Questions, please contact Gretchen Schmaltz at (701)746-4461, (800)732-4373 or email