The deadline to enter the contest has now passed. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NRECA has canceled the trip to Washington, D.C. for 2021. Beauregard Electric Cooperative, Inc. (BECi) will offer a $500 cash prize to the top four winners.
Since 1979, BECi has awarded local students the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C., during the Rural Electric Youth Tour Conference. The BECi Board of Directors and Management place much emphasis on supporting youth in education. This year, BECi will sponsor an all-expense-paid trip to four winners of an essay-writing contest who are sophomores, juniors, or seniors.
Students will travel with other winners from Louisiana, as well as numerous chaperones from Louisiana Electric Cooperatives, to meet with more than 1,500 students from 46 other states for an unforgettable week in our nation’s capital. While in Washington, students will experience history first-hand by visiting monuments, the Smithsonian Museums, and meeting with representatives and senators.
To enter the contest, students must write an essay (1,000 words maximum) describing what they have learned about themselves during the pandemic. The topic should be stated and thoroughly discussed. Entries will be judged on originality, composition, neatness, and grammar. Entries must be written in ink or typed and must contain a cover sheet.
Entries can be emailed to our marketing department, uploaded via our online form, or mailed to:
Attn: Danielle Tilley
P.O. Drawer 970
DeRidder, LA 70634
BECi asks teachers and parents to encourage their students to enter this contest. To find out more information about the program or to schedule a presentation for your students, please call (337) 463-6221 or (800) 367-0275.