SJA student wins DEMCO contest _lowres

Photo provided by DAVID LATONA -- DEMCO essay contest -- Finalists for the DEMCO Youth Tour Essay Contest are, from left, Anna Jolibois, Brooks Courtney, Molly Magee, Kole Guerin, Thomas Wolff, Grant Falcon, Colin Craig, Alexis David, Kylie Yglesias, Sarah Pursifull, Lizzie Wicker and Maddison Hadden.

High school students Brooks Courtney, of Holden High School; Molly Magee, of St. Joseph’s Academy; and home-school students Anna Jolibois and Thomas Wolff each won an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., as winners in the 2015 DEMCO Rural Electric Youth Tour Essay Contest.

The essay contest is an annual event that includes essay entries from students throughout DEMCO’s seven-parish service area. Each participant wrote an original essay on the topic of the 7th Cooperative Principle: Concern for Community, a news release said.

The four winners were selected March 3 during a banquet honoring the 12 finalists, their families, teachers and school principals. The banquet was at John Folse’s White Oak Plantation in Baton Rouge.

The other eight finalists included Colin Craig, Alexis David, Grant Falcon, Kole Guerin, Madison Hadden, Sarah Pursifull, Lizzie Wicker and Kylie Yglesias.

Each finalist was judged on the oral presentation of his or her essay. The finalists also completed a short test on their knowledge of DEMCO and rural electrification.

DEMCO’s four Youth Tour winners will join about 25 other Louisiana students in late March for the Louisiana Youth Tour Leadership Conference in Baton Rouge.

During the conference, the students will learn more about cooperative business principles, form and operate a mini-cooperative business, and learn about the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity.

The same Louisiana Youth Tour students will leave for a weeklong trip to Washington, D.C., in mid-June.

While in Washington, the Louisiana Youth Tour participants will visit the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Supreme Court, National Archives, Arlington Cemetery and many other historic buildings and landmarks.

They will join about 1,300 other Youth Tour participants from around the nation to learn more about electric cooperatives.