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ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS & SENIORS: Your chance to win a FREE resume-enhancing trip!

PHOTO: Jessica Gregory

PHOTO             West Grand High School's Jessica Gregory, winner of MPE's 2019 Youth Leadership Camp trip in Clark, Colorado
CAMP VIDEO  (Jessica appears 26 seconds into the video)



Announcing two life-changing opportunities for high school juniors and seniors attending a school within MPE’s service territory:  ONE all-expense-paid trip to Washington, DC & ONE all-expense-paid trip to the Glen Eden Resort in Clark, Colorado. Students must be 16 years of age by January 1, 2020 and entering their junior or senior year of high school in the fall.  ESSAY SUBMISSION DEADLINE: JANUARY 3, 2020


1st PRIZE – FREE All-expense-paid trip to Washington DC

June 18-25, 2020


2nd PRIZE - Youth Leadership Camp

July 11-16, 2020 Clark, Colorado


The Washington DC Youth Tour is an all-expense-paid ,week-long tour of our nation’s capital, where one high school junior or senior from within Mountain Parks Electric’s service territory will join students from Colorado
and all across the United States to make memories that will last a lifetime.


Itinerary includes:        

  • Mount Vernon & the US Capitol
  • Fort McHenry
  • Iwo Jima Memorial
  • 9/11, MLK & FDR Memorials
  • Jefferson & Lincoln Memorials
  • US Constitution Exhibit
  • Smithsonian museums
  • Vietnam & Korean Memorials
  • Holocaust Museum
  • Library of Congress
  • Meet legislators & much MORE!!!


Detailed itinerary
The tour begins in Denver at the Colorado state capitol, then the winner will fly to Washington DC the next morning, returning to Denver the following week. The week will include meeting senators and congressmen, a visit Arlington National Cemetery and the Library of Congress,
a stroll through the Smithsonian museums, national monuments and memorials. The lucky winner will engage with more than 1,700 high school juniors and seniors from across the country while learning more about the electric industry and cooperatives like Mountain Parks Electric. The tour also includes an evening out at the theater.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 


The contest is open to all high school juniors and seniors that are at least 16 years of age by January 1, 2020, attending a school in MPE’s service territory and living in a household that receives electricity from MPE.


2nd PRIZE - Youth Leadership Camp

July 11-16, 2020 Clark, Colorado

Youth Leadership Camp is the second of two all-expense-paid trips awarded by this contest from Mountain Parks Electric and the Colorado Electrical Education Institute. One high school junior or senior from within Mountain Parks Electric’s service territory will join approximately 100 other students from Colorado, Kansas and Oklahoma for a fun-filled getaway.


Itinerary includes:

  • Engaging group leadership exercises
  • Rafting down the Colorado River
  • Visiting Fish Creek Falls
  • A day in Steamboat Springs
  • Learning about renewable energy and the electric industry (including generation plant site tours)
  • Camper dance under the stars
  • Avian protection demonstration
  • Volleyball and swimming
  • Wrap-up banquet & much MORE!

How to enter the contest

  1. Submit an energy-related essay, 500 words or less or a 10-minute video addressing any one of the topics listed below (or an energy-related theme of your choice).
  2. Essay submission deadline: January 3, 2020
  3. MPE will contact you if you win (and require you to fill out the trip application).


Potential essay topics

    Imagine traveling back to the past or into the future. What does the world of energy look like there? Is there any electricity? If so, how is it generated? How scarce is it? How much does it cost? What do people do to conserve it, or do they try to at all? Is that world better or worse than the one we live in today? How would you improve it?

    Most U.S. Presidents said quite a lot about electricity, how it is generation and how its availability benefits our country. But they are not the only famous people to elaborate on the subject. Here are a couple of other notable quotes:


“I do remember how it was to be poor. I do remember that in my early years, we had
   to grow and raise all of our food, even our animals. And I remember in my early
  life, we didn't even have electricity. So it was very, very hard times then.”

~Dolly Parton

People feared electricity when it was invented, didn't they? People feared coal, they feared gas-powered engines... There will always be ignorance, and ignorance leads to fear. But with time, people will come to accept their silicon masters.”                ~Bill Gates

    Many politicians are known for signature issues, like health care, national defense, trade and tax policies or energy policy. Imagine you are a US senator from Colorado whose signature issue is national energy policy. Explain what your positions are and why they will benefit Colorado and the United States as a whole. Remember, your choices today will likely affect your children and grandchildren.

  • YOUR NOT-FOR-PROFIT SHORT LIST (in essay form)
    Mountain Parks Electric is a not-for-profit business. Any profit MPE earns is returned to the people who purchase electricity from us or is invested in infrastructure (poles, wires, substations, etc.). Write a short essay describing what kinds of businesses, in your opinion, would be best as not-for-profit businesses. Explain why.

    Got a better idea? Write any compelling and relevant energy-related essay and submit it along with your application.  

    Not a writer? Create a ten-minute video on what you would change in your home to conserve on energy.



Open to all high school juniors and seniors who are at least 16 years of age as of January 1, 2020 and are attending a school within MPE’s service territory.


Selection criteria

Selection will be based on content, grammar, spelling and video creativity.


Application deadline

Friday, January 3, 2020. Applications are available at MPE’s Granby and Walden offices. For questions, please contact Rob Taylor at or call 970-887-7078.



Return Youth Tour application no later than Friday, January 3, 2020 to:

MPE Essay Contest

Mountain Parks Electric, Inc.

P. O. Box 170

Granby, CO 80446


Or email your scanned essay & application to:



Selection will be based on content, grammar and spelling. Winner will be notified by January 31, 2020. If you have questions (or want to fact check information in your entry before submitting it), please contact MPE at (970) 887-3378.

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