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Youth Tour and CYCLE Essay Contest

For 56 years, Farmers' Electric Cooperative has sponsored all-expense paid trips to our nation's capital for area high school juniors. In 2004, the Co-op added additional all-expense paid trips to the Cooperative Youth Conference & Leadership Experience (C.Y.C.L.E.) in Jefferson City. In 2010, the Co-op opened the C.Y.C.L.E. conference to area high school sophomores.

Topics are provided for the contest which is open to all sophomores and juniors attending a high school that is located within the service territory of Farmers' Electric Cooperative. The contest is also open to a high school sophomore or junior who resides in a home on the Cooperative's system but attends a high school outside the cooperative's service territory (where the essay contest is not offered at that high school). Children of cooperative employees and directors are not eligible to participate in the contest.

CYCLE Cooperative Youth Conference & Leadership Experience Sophomore and Junior class English and History instructors receive the essay contest information and applications in early winter each year. Applications may also be picked up at the cooperative office in Chillicothe or by calling the office, and we will mail the application directly to your home. The essay contest entry form is also available by clicking on the link below.


2019 Essay Contest Entry Form 

Find out more about the annual Youth Tour and CYCLE programs by watching this short video:



Partners in Education

The Partners in Education program is designed to create a close, working relationship between a community organization/business and an area school.  The purpose of this program is to enrich and expand the educational opportunities of area students while fostering a deeper understanding of the school system within the community.

Through the establishment of personal relationships between community leaders and educators, the goal of Partners in Education is to create a spirit of involvement that has a positive impact on area school districts.  This involvement helps develop the local school environment into a powerful educational setting where community members are working actively with students.

Farmers' Electric Cooperative partners with seven area schools.  Some of the topics covered during monthly visits include electrical safety, energy efficiency, map reading and career opportunities. 

Partners in Education classes

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