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In “normal” times, we would be announcing the winners of the Youth Tour to Washington D.C. right about now.  However, due to the continued uncertainty and risk of the pandemic, Montana cooperatives have canceled their plans to participate in the event for the second year in a row.  In an attempt to keep junior and sophomore students interested and engaged for future participation, VEC recently announced that we will be offering a scholarship in lieu of the trip this year.

At our October board meeting, our trustees agreed to offer the top two essays received a $1,500 scholarship that will be awarded upon their graduation from high school.  This year’s overall best essay will be forwarded to MECA, our statewide association, for a chance to win an additional $2,500 scholarship.  Our 2020 Youth Tour winners, Kylie Salerno and Samuel Konen, will also receive this scholarship due to their trip being canceled. 

The essay topic was quite relevant to the pandemic environment that we are in:  How has reliable electricity benefited you and your community through the COVID-19 pandemic?  We were fortunate to receive five exceptionally well written essays.  Of the five, four were from Beaverhead County High School and the other was from Lima High School. 

All five applicants would be excellent representatives of our organization on a trip to Washington D.C or worthy of a scholarship, however, we can only pick two.  Three of the applicants were sophomores and we will be strongly encouraging them to apply again next year when we can hopefully resume this wonderful event.   

Now, we are proud to announce the winners of the 2021 Youth Tour scholarships are Daniel Martin and Treyton Anderson who are both Juniors are Beaverhead County High School.  Daniel’s essay was forwarded to our statewide association for consideration of the MECA scholarship.  Congratulations gentleman!

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