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 2021.
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. This delegation will include winners from the 2020 Youth Tour contest, as the 2020 Youth Tour was canceled due to Covid-19.
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.
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.
Essays will be coded for anonymity, so the name of the writer will not be known during the judging process. A panel of judges will review the essays and finalists will be determined. 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 student information form, which is available to be picked up at either of Claiborne Electric’s offices, or 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 essays and student information forms must be delivered electronically to email@example.com by the end of the business day on Friday, February 5, 2021. Essays will be scanned for plagiarism detection.
If NRECA cancels the 2021 Rural Electric Youth Tour, winning students will be awarded a college scholarship in lieu of the trip.