Winners of the annual Washington Youth Tour Essay Contest sponsored by PC Electric and Louisiana Generating, LLC a subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc., were announced at a banquet held at the co-op’s office in New Roads on February 20.
Representing PC Electric and winning the all-expense-paid trip to the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) Youth Tour Conference in Washington are: Emily Nichols of Port Allen High School, West Baton Rouge Parish; Olivia Beauvais, Catholic High of Point Coupee, Pointe Coupee Parish; Madison Nicolosi of St. John High School, Iberville Parish.
Louisiana Generating President Jennifer Vosburg announced three delegates to represent NRG/Louisiana Generating on the Youth Tour. Those recipients were Jenna Smith of Catholic High of Pointe Coupee, and Shelby Cheramie and Clayton Leblanc of St. John High School.
The other finalists which will serve as alternates if any of the six winners are unable to take part in the Youth Tour trip this summer are Terrell Smith of Port Allen High School and Megan Martinez of Trinity Academy.
The contest finalists were selected from approximately 150 high school juniors from the tri-parish area served by PC Electric who were eligible to participate in a writing contest.
The students submitted essays in the form of 500-word letters to any elected official on a topic of their own choosing.
PC Electric General Manager Myron Lambert served as emcee during the evening banquet, while Vosburg and Youth Tour Director Joni Kitchen also made brief presentations.
The winning students will take their Youth Tour trip to Washington, D.C., on the week of June 9-15.
While in Washington, D.C., the students will join approximately 1,800 other students from across the country to learn more about electric cooperatives, visit the various historic sites and monuments, attend social functions with their fellow delegates from across the country and receive leadership training.
“This is really the trip of a lifetime,” Lambert said. “Each of these students who made it this far in the essay contest are very deserving and have worked hard to achieve all that they’ve achieved. We’re proud of all of them.
PC Electric Youth Tour coordinator Jill Copeland is a past chaperone on the Youth Tour and told the students that they would enjoy the trip and take pride representing their state. “You’re going to have the opportunity to meet other students from all over the country. Everybody is outgoing and friendly and you’re sure to make friends that you’ll remember the rest of your life,” she said.