Essay Contest Ends Friday

| February 21, 2013
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The deadline for the Farmers’ Electric Cooperative 50th annual essay contest is tomorrow Friday, February 22.  Click to hear KMZU’s Janet Adkison talk to Chasity Anderson about the annual competition.

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The Farmers’ Electris Cooperative is giving high school students in 26 area schools the opportunity to win all expense paid trips this summer.  Spokesperson Chasity Anderson says the students have to write an essay related to the organization’s 75th anniversary…

“For sophomores, they are to discuss the differences between a cooperative and other utilities and then outline the advantages to being a member of an electric coop.”  She says “we’re also asking them to develop a slogan for Farmers Electric Cooperative 75th anniversary.”

The request for high school 11th graders is slightly different.

“For the juniors, they develop a slogan as well and then they discuss how life was different before Farmers Electric came to the rural people in our area.”  Anderson says they’ll also need to “give a short history of how the cooperative began.”

The winners will be announced around the first of April.  Additional contest details can be found on their website.

The chance for high school students to win an all-expense-paid trip is running short.  Farmers’ Electric Cooperative spokesperson Chasity Anderson says the 50th anniversary essay contest is open to two age groups…

“That is the washington DC trip that’s available for two juniors from the area if they win our essay contest and then we also send three sophomores from the area to Jefferson City for a three day leadership conference as well.”

Friday, February 22nd is the deadline to submit an essay.


The Farmers’ Cooperative issued the following press release:

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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