Each summer, one student who lives in Dakota Energy’s territory, will join teens from local electric cooperatives across the country on the trip of a lifetime.

One high school junior or sophomore from Dakota Energy’s area in Beadle, Hand and Hyde Counties will travel to Washington, D.C., along with 1,400 other students from Touchstone Energy co-ops throughout the U.S. and take part in the Rural Electric Youth Tour usually in June. Transportation (including airfare), room and board, entertainment and sight-seeing events are all paid for by Dakota Energy. Students are only required to bring personal spending money for snacks and souvenirs.

Each year, high school students learn first-hand what it is like to be involved in politics, community development and today’s social issues. In addition to gaining direct knowledge of our government and Washington, D.C. monuments, winning students will also learn more about the cooperative philosophy and rural electrification.

Among the sites included in this incredible free tour are the Lincoln Memorial, Washington National Cathedral, the White House, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, the Washington Monument, the U.S. Capitol, Arlington National Cemetery, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the FDR Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Mount Vernon, and a boat cruise and dance on the Potomac River. The tour also features a breakfast briefing with members of SD’s congressional delegation and an opportunity to job shadow in the delegation’s offices.

How to qualify – Applying for this fabulous free vacation is not difficult. Each entrant must submit an essay, 600 words or more, on a subject Dakota Energy chooses each year and submit to an interview.

All essays must be typed and include a cover sheet which states the title of the essay. Applications must be completed with the entrant’s name, parents’ names, address, telephone number, school, year in school, activities, honors and hobbies. Two students from the Dakota Energy service area will be selected as the winners for the Rural Electric Youth Tour to Washington, D.C.

The information will be available from the area schools in January, in the February and March issues of the Dakota Energy Cooperative Connections or by contacting our office at 605-352-8591.


Visit the Youth Tour website for more information.