Manager Report

By: Afton Schomburg, Administrative Assistant


 A trip of a lifetime, that’s FREE!

Are you interested in taking a FREE, all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C.?  You’re probably wondering, “What’s the catch?”  Well, there isn’t one! The Electric Cooperative Youth Tour is an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. for high school juniors in Atchison-Holt Electric’s service area.  All you need do is take some time out of your schedule to fill out the application and write a short 500-750-word essay. 

To be eligible for the contest, you must be a high school junior living in or attending school or being homeschooled in Atchison-Holt Electric’s service area.  This includes Atchison, Holt and Nodaway Counties in Missouri and Fremont and Page Counties in Iowa.  You must be able to fly on an airplane and room with someone you don’t know. 

The date for the 2018 Youth Tour is June 8-15.  Atchison-Holt will send one high school junior who will join more than 1,600 other students from across the nation to take part in the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. Approximately 100 of these students will be from Missouri.  During the Youth Tour journey, friendships will be formed that will last a lifetime. 

The selected AHEC delegate will be able to experience history through monuments, museums, and memorials, as well as spend time with their U.S. Representatives and Senators.  Some locations visited will be FDR, MLK, Jefferson, Iwo Jima, Washington, Vietnam, Korean, Lincoln, World War II and Air Force Memorials; Newseum Museum; Mount Vernon and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The delegate will also meet leaders from other states.  Delegates will enjoy a dinner cruise on the Potomac River, a Major League Baseball Game or Musical, and Youth Rally Day.

Join other delegates in D.C. by being part of the Cooperative’s essay contest.  This year’s topic is “A day without Electricity”.  We depend on electricity in our lives every day.  What if we didn’t have it for day?  What things in your life would change?  What would you do differently?  We ask that this essay be at least 500 words in length, but no more than 750.  Grammar, spelling, neatness and complete thoughts and sentences will be judged. 

Essays are due at the Cooperative by 4:00pm on March 15, 2018.  Of the essays received, one will be chosen as the winner and that student will have the opportunity to attend the Electric Cooperative’s Youth Tour.  The 2nd and 3rd place finishers will be chosen to attend the Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience (CYCLE).  This event will be held in Jefferson City July 18-20, 2018.  CYCLE is planned and sponsored by Missouri’s Electric Cooperatives and provides an opportunity to learn more about Cooperatives, leadership and government, along with lots of FUN!

Information Packets will be mailed to your school counselor February 1, 2018.  For more information, please contact Afton Schomburg by phone (660) 744-5344, or by email