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The Southwest Arkansas Electric Cooperative will select two high school juniors for the 2019 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour, which includes a week-long trip to Washington, D. C.

The trip, which is sponsored by the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, includes tours of major sites in Washington, such as the U.S. Capitol, the museums of the Smithsonian Institution, and the Jefferson, Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., Vietnam, Korean and World War II memorials.

The trip will be held June 14-20. Winners will be selected through an essay contest based on the theme of "The first 10 amendments to the constitution of the United States are known as the Bill of Rights. Review the history behind the Bill of Rights and then explain what amendment you believe is the most important amendment."

Applicants must be high school juniors and their parents/guardians must be members of Southwest Arkansas Electric Cooperative.

The Arkansas group will travel to Washington and return to Little Rock by air. Once in Washington, the students will join about 1,700 students from across the nation who are attending the tour thanks to their local electric co-ops.

Southwest Arkansas Electric Cooperative participates in the annual tour as a commitment its members and to the communities it serves. Through the youth tour, they re working to help Arkansas' youth learn more about the workings of their nation's government and the electric cooperatives, as well as develop leadership skills.

For more information, contact Rhonda Morrow, administrative assistant, at rmorrow@swrea.com or call 870-772-2743 or 800-782-2743.

The deadline for entries is March 22, 2019. To learn more about the Youth Tour, go to: www.youthtour.coop.

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