Surprise Valley Electrification Cooperative is hosting an essay contest for youth, with one lucky winner receiving a weeklong trip to Washington D.C.

Current high school sophomores and juniors are being sought to submit a short essay and application for the opportunity to attend a youth tour of the Washington D.C. area to learn about the history of electrical cooperatives and meet members of the Senate and U.S. House of Representatives.

Eligible students must have at least one family member who currently is a recipient of Surprise Valley Electric services, and must be at least 16 by the time of the scheduled trip – slated for June 18-25, 2020. Students must turn in the completed application and answer three short essay questions no later than Jan. 17 at 5 p.m.

Surprise Valley Electric is a non-profit rural cooperative providing electricity across a region that stretches as far north as Summer Lake in Lake County to Day, Calif. and Vya, Nev. It does not service the communities of Alturas, Lakeview, Cedarville or New Pine Creek, as Pacific Power is the electricity service provider in those areas.

Applications for the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour can be acquired in-person at the Surprise Valley Electric office at 516 Hwy 395 E. in Alturas, Calif., or by contacting Member Service Manager DJ Northrup via email at 530-233-3511 or

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