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ESSAY CONTEST - ATTN high school students! Win a trip to Washington DC or Youth Leadership Camp!

Washington DC Youth Tour / Youth Leadership Camp Contest for High School Juniors & Seniors

THIS COULD BE YOU: high school juniors and seniors posing in front of the White House in Washington DC

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, 2019 and entering their junior or senior year of high school in the fall.


How to enter the contest

Submit the application and an essay, 500 words or less, or a 10-minute video addressing any one of the topics listed below (or any energy-related essay of your choosing).


    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 generated 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, 2018 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 4, 2019 (for essay submission). A completed application will be required only for the winners. Questions? Call 970-887-3378.

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