Claiborne Electric Cooperative is holding a contest to select two high school juniors as the winners of an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., in June 2018.
The winners will join a delegation of other high school students from Louisiana in traveling to the nation’s capital next summer for the Rural Electric Youth Tour. During the week, the students will learn how the nation’s rural electric cooperatives work. They will be treated to a comprehensive tour of many of Washington’s most famous sites. Students will also experience fun events with students from across the nation, as well as visits on Capitol Hill with the Louisiana congressional delegation.
ALL CLAIBORNE ELECTRIC JUNIORS ARE ELIGIBLE.
Any high school junior who lives with a parent or guardian in a home served by Claiborne Electric is eligible to enter the contest. Also eligible are current high school juniors from any of the five high schools served by Claiborne Electric. These include Union Parish High School, Union Christian Academy, D’Arbonne Woods Charter School, Claiborne Academy and Lakeside High School.
To enter, each contestant must write an essay in the form of a letter to an elected official. Essays may discuss any topic that is important to the student, and should be addressed to the appropriate official. Essays should be at least 300 words in length. Students may state facts and statistics to support their essay, but writing with clear purpose will be equally as important.
A panel of judges will review the essays and a group of finalists will be determined. Essays will be coded for anonymity, so the name of the writer will not be known during the judging process. The winners of the trip will be selected from the group of finalists, based on the quality of the essay and other academic achievements and extracurricular activities.
Essays submitted become property of Claiborne Electric Co-op and may be published at the co-op’s discretion.
All essays must be accompanied by a personal information form, which is available here. The forms will also be included in information packets that are mailed to each high school in the six-parish area served by Claiborne Electric.
All entries must be delivered electronically to email@example.com by the end of the business day on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. Essays will be scanned for plagiarism detection.
Six Local Students Earn Place on 2018 Washington D.C. Youth Tour
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Winners of MEC’s annual competition, held on October 19 at Mohave Community College, are Amy Cervantes and Anna Grasso of River Valley High School; Mikayla Barton, Monica Houltram and Alex Westwood of Mohave High School; and homeschooled high school junior Jacob Mieding. Brianna Lipinski from Mohave High School was selected as the group’s alternate.
The six students will join more than 1,800 students from electric cooperatives across the U.S. for the Youth Tour program that provides the opportunity to visit historical sites in our nation’s capitol and experience the workings of our federal government.
The Mohave Electric-sponsored competition was open to area high school juniors whose parents or guardians are MEC members. From their original applications - which included an essay - semi-finalists were chosen to participate in a presentation contest based on a randomly assigned energy-related topic. Subjects ranged from energy challenges that will affect future generations to energy efficiency to the economic future of energy. A panel of four community leaders served as judges, who ranked the students based on scaled criteria of content, subject knowledge, organization, delivery, eye contact, appearance, and use of visual aids.
The 2018 competition marks the 26th year Mohave has selected area students to participate in the national youth tour. This highly educational program is funded with assigned capital credits at no cost to the cooperative.
“Trip of a Lifetime” winners are all smiles following the speech competition for the 2018 Washington Youth Tour on October 19 at MCC’s Bullhead Campus. (L-R) Mohave Electric Public Affairs and Communications Specialist and event co-emcee Paul LaVoie; Amy Cervantes and Anna Grasso from River Valley High; Brianna Lipinski (alt.), Monica Houltram, Mikayla Barton and Alex Westwood of Mohave High; home-schooled high school junior Jacob Mieding, and MEC Energy Management Specialist and co-emcee Steve Bouman.
2017 Washington DC Youth Tour in Pictures
ABOVE (L-R): Mohave Electric Cooperative 2017 Washington D.C. Youth Tour competition winners are Mohave High School student Deekshita Kacham and River Valley High School student Jeremy Queen with MEC Energy Management Specialist Steve Bouman, following the speech competition held at Mohave Community College in mid-October. Not pictured: Alternate Elizabeth Barton.
(Photo: MEC/Peggy Gillman)
Mohave Electric Cooperative (MEC) will send two area students on a week-long educational trip to Washington, D.C. in June 2017, to participate in the National Rural Electric Cooperative’s 54th Annual Youth Tour.
Winners of Mohave Electric’s annual competition, held October 19, 2016, are Deekshita Kacham, daughter of Rajitha and Subash Kacham of Bullhead City, and Jeremy Queen, son of Elizabeth and Tom Queen of Fort Mohave. Elizabeth Barton, daughter of Hylie and Alan Barton of Fort Mohave was selected as an alternate.
Kacham and Queen will join more than 1,700 students from electric Local students earn trip to Washington, D.C. cooperatives across the U.S. for the Youth Tour program that provides the opportunity to visit historical sites in our nation’s capital and experience the workings of our federal government.
The MEC-sponsored contest is open to area high school juniors whose parents or guardians are MEC members. Thirteen contestants were chosen and advanced to the final competition based on essays submitted with their applications. The next phase of the competition required the participants to research a randomly assigned energy related topic then give a presentation based on the topic. Topics included energy challenges that will affect future generations, energy efficiency and the economic environmental future of energy, as well as the status, potential and history of wind, hydroelectric or solar power.
A panel of four community leaders served as judges and ranked the speakers based on criteria comprised of content, subject knowledge, organization, delivery, eye contact, appearance and use of visual aids.
This is the 26th year that MEC has selected area students to participate in the exciting Washington, D.C. Youth Tour. This worthwhile program is funded with unclaimed capital credits at no expense to the cooperative.