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Youth Tour and CYCLE Essay Contest

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For 55 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.

Sophomore and Junior class English instructors receive the essay contest information and applications in early winter each year. Applications 

CYCLE Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience

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.

2018 Essay Contest Entry Form

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



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