Contest Rules

Now is your chance to be a part of history! You could be one of 4 students to win an all-expense-paid trip to WASHINGTON, D.C.! You'll get to tour the capital, meet with your congressman, visit historical sites, see your government working, and make lots of new friends from all around the country! All you have to do to qualify is to enter an essay in the 2021 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour Essay Contest, sponsored by DEMCO.

Contest Rules

  • Only high school juniors in Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Livingston, St. Helena, Tangipahoa, and West Feliciana are eligible to enter; homeschooled students are also eligible.
  • Please note: although only DEMCO members are eligible to win the trip to Washington D.C., ALL entering students are eligible for prizes to be awarded for best-written essays.
  • Children, grandchildren, brothers, or sisters of DEMCO employees or directors are ineligible.
  • This year’s essay topic should be a letter to a political leader (President of the United States, Governor of Louisiana, Mayor, Secretary of the Department of Environmental Quality, etc.; just to name a few). The letter should address any topic of concern that is important to the student/author.
  • All essays should be legibly written in ink or typed double-spaced, not to exceed 750 words.
  • Each essay must be accompanied by a cover letter including:
    • Student's name, home street address, telephone number, email address, and age
    • Name(s) of parent(s) or guardian(s)
    • Parent(s) or guardian(s) telephone number and email address
    • Name of school
    • Name of English teacher
    • Student's school and community activities, achievements, and extracurricular activities
    • Date submitted
  • Essays may be submitted in one of three ways:
    • in-person to any DEMCO office,
    • by mail to:
      • DEMCO Marketing Department/YT
        P.O Box 15659
        Baton Rouge, LA 70895
    • OR entries can be emailed to AnneH@DEMCO.org
  • The deadline to enter is January 22, 2021. All essays submitted in this contest will become the property of DEMCO and will not be returned.

Judging
Essays will be judged on originality, composition, how well they address the subject, and neatness.

  • 12 semi-finalists will be selected for final judging. The final competition will consist of an oral presentation of the written essay and a brief test on rural electrification knowledge.
  • 4 winners will travel in the summer of 2021 to Washington, D.C.* (this may vary due to COVID-19)