Farmer’s Electric Cooperative is sponsoring the 51st annual essay contest for Sophomores and Juniors attending a high school in the companies service area. The contest is also open to any Sophomore or Junior who lives in a home on the system but attends a high school outside the Farmer’s Cooperative service territory where the essay contest is not offered at their school. Children of Co-Op employees and directors are not eligible to participate.

Students will have the opportunity to win an all expense paid trip to either Washington D.C. if they are a junior or a trip to Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience (C.Y.C.L.E.). Youth tour will be held June 13th through the 19th, while the C.Y.C.L.E. trip will be July 9th through the 11th.

“They get to learn a lot of stuff on this trips and they get to have fun while they are doing it,” said Communications Specialist, Chasity Anderson. “We’re going to teach them about Cooperatives. We’re gonna teach them about history. They’re gonna learn about either State government or Federal government, depending on what trip they win and of course they will be picking up on leadership skills.”

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Chasity Anderson

The essay topic for sophomore’s this year is “Keeping Electricity Reliable and Affordable. How Do We Do It?” and the topic for Juniors is “What Impact Do Environmental Regulations Have on Electric Cooperatives and Their Members?” The papers may range between 250-600 words in length.

Applications and essay’s must be turned in by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, February 21, 2014.

Sophomore and junior class English instructors received contest information and applications in the mail in December. Applications may also be picked up at Farmer’s Electric office at 201 W. Business Highway 36 in Chillicothe or by going online to

Winners will be announced in early April.

For more information about the contest, contact Communications Specialist, Chasity Anderson at 660-646-4281 ext. 20.