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Annual Essay Contest Deadline Fast Approaching

  Sophomores and juniors from 26 area high schools have the opportunity to win all-expense paid trips this summer. Members of the junior class will be competing to win one of two trips to Washington D.C. Three sophomores will win trips to the Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience (C.Y.C.L.E.) in Jefferson City. The Youth Tour to Washington trip will be held June 14-20, 2013, while the C.Y.C.L.E. trip will be July 17-19.

  “Many area schools participate in the contest with some teachers actually using it for an assignment,” said Chasity Anderson, communications specialist for the Cooperative. “In the last two years, winners have been selected from Chillicothe, Hardin-Central, Norborne, North Daviess, and Meadville.”

  The essay contest is open to all sophomores and juniors attending a high school located within the service area of Farmers' Electric Cooperative, unless the student resides in a home on another cooperative’s lines.  That student would enter their home cooperative’s contest. The contest is also open to sophomores and juniors who reside in a home on the FEC system, but attend a high school outside of the cooperative's service. Children of cooperative employees and directors are not eligible to participate in the contest.

  Sophomore and junior class English instructors received essay contest information and applications in the mail in December. Applications may also be picked up at the FEC office in Chillicothe or by going on-line to

  The essay topic for sophomores is: “Develop a slogan for Farmers’ Electric Cooperative’s 75th Anniversary.  Discuss the differences between a cooperative and other utilities and outline the advantages to being a member of an electric co-op.”

  The essay topic for juniors is: “Develop a slogan for Farmers’ Electric Cooperative’s 75th Anniversary.  Discuss how life was different before Farmers’ Electric came to the rural people in our area and give a short history of how the Cooperative began.”

   The essay contest deadline is Friday, February 22, at 4:30 p.m. The essays, which may range between 250-600 words in length, must be postmarked on or before the deadline.  Winners of the essay contests will be announced the first week of April. These all-expense paid trips are provided by Farmers' Electric Cooperative. Farmers' Electric will provide all transportation, including picking up and returning the student to his or her residence.

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