Southeast community photo gallery for March 17, 2016 _lowres

Photo provided by David Latona -- DEMCO’s Rural Electric Youth Tour finalists with keynote speaker Jeff Morrow on March 1 include, from left, Jamie Martin, of West Feliciana High School; William Hartmann, of St. Michael High School; Jessica Litloff, of Holden High School; Adam Howe, of Runnels High School; Sarah Johnson, of St. Joseph’s Academy; John Wiese, of Runnels; Morrow, a 2002 DEMCO Youth Tour winner; Sawyer Welborn, of Central High School; Grace Bordelon, St. Joseph’s; Hannah Cowart and Ashley Gouedy, of Central High; Kennedy Wilcher, of Zachary High School; and Abigail Wootan, of Central High.

John Wiese, of Runnels, is one of four area winners in the 2016 DEMCO Rural Electric Youth Tour essay contest.

Wiese, along with Kennedy Wilcher, of Zachary High School; Jessica Litloff, of Holden High School; and Sawyer Welborn, of Central High, each won an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., in June.

The annual contest featured essays from students throughout DEMCO’s seven-parish service area, each writing an original essay as a letter to an elected official. Students were judged on the oral presentation of the essay and completed a brief test on their knowledge of DEMCO and rural electrification.

The Youth Tour program provides outstanding youth with an insight into how the government operates.

The four winners were selected March 1 during a banquet at White Oak Plantation in Baton Rouge honoring the 12 finalists, their families, teachers and school principals.

The other eight finalists included: Grace Bordelon and Sarah Johnson, of St. Joseph’s Academy; Hannah Cowart, Ashley Gouedy and Abigail Wootan, of Central High School; William Hartmann, of St. Michael High School; Adam Howe, of Runnels High School; and Jamie Martin, of West Feliciana High.

The four Youth Tour winners will join 25 Louisiana students on the D.C. trip in visiting the Senate, House of Representatives, Supreme Court, National Archives, Arlington Cemetery and many other historic buildings and landmarks. They will meet with 1,300 Youth Tour participants from around the nation to learn more about electric cooperatives.