Area junior and senior high school students have until Feb. 21 to take part in a contest to win an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., to attend the 2014 Rural Electric Youth Tour on June 13 to 19, courtesy of Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TEC).

The tour is a fast-paced leadership opportunity to see what helps make America tick. The trip includes tours of several historic monuments and museums, visits with Minnesota's political leaders and the opportunity to learn more about electric cooperatives on a local, state and national level.

The contest is open to high school juniors or seniors who attend high schools such as Caledonia, Chosen Valley, Cotter, Fillmore Central, Hope Lutheran, Houston, Kingsland, La Crescent, Lanesboro, LeRoy-Ostrander, Lewiston-Altura, Mabel-Canton, Rushford-Peterson, St. Charles, Spring Grove, Stewartville or Winona. Home schoolers who live within the cooperative's service territory are also eligible.

To enter the contest, students must complete the Youth Tour exam online at The exam portion consists of 25 questions regarding electric cooperatives, plus four short essay questions. All answers to the questions can be found within TEC's website. Exams must be submitted to TEC by Feb. 21 to be considered for the contest.