Essay Contest

Attention High School Sophomores and Juniors!

Win a free summer trip to Washington, D.C., or to Glen Eden Resort near Steamboat Springs!

MVEA sponsors a youth leadership trip contest for high school sophomores and juniors. Two winners will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for Electric Cooperative Youth Tour, in June with other Colorado students from across the state. They will meet up with approximately 1,800 high school students from cooperatives across the U.S. for a week of touring historical sites, meeting legislators, and having a fantastic time in our nation’s capital while adding to their leadership portfolio.

An additional two winners will be invited to the Colorado Electric Education Institute’s Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp (CYLC) in Clark, Colorado, just outside Steamboat Springs, in July. Here they will join approximately 90 students from Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Wyoming to improve upon their leadership skills, set up and operate a cooperative, participate in legislative forums and enjoy a slew of activities set in the beautiful Colorado Rockies.

To be eligible

  1. The student must fill out the application (PDF), which contains an entry form and a few short-answer essay questions.
  2. The student must be at least 16 years of age by July 1, 2022.
  3. Parents or guardians must receive electric service from MVEA.
  4. Include a high-resolution digital or hardcopy image of the student with the application. (Photos are used to feature winners in Colorado Country Life magazine.)
  5. Due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic mandates in Washington D.C. and the areas’ mask and vaccination requirements, winners of the Youth Tour leadership trip will need to show proof of vaccination prior to travel.

Entries must be emailed, postmarked, hand-delivered to any MVEA office, or placed in an MVEA drop box by November 11, 2021. Attach or scan the entry form with your essay and send it to: or MVEA, Attn: Essay Contest, 11140 E. Woodmen Road, Falcon, CO 80831.

Congratulations to our 2020 essay contest winners!

1st Place: Ella Anderson from Discovery Canyon Campus
2nd Place: Carolyna Truong from The Classical Academy

Meet the essay contest winners:

Ella Anderson

The winner of this year’s essay contest is Ella Anderson, a junior who attends Discovery Canyon Campus. When asked about what qualities a good leader has, she said, “A leader is trustworthy and responsible – this person should set a good example everywhere life takes them. Leadership is often misunderstood. Leadership entails so much more than telling other people what to do. Leadership is being able to inspire others to be their best, while also doing all you can to be your best self.” Not only is Ella a skilled writer, she participates in numerous extracurricular activities and is on the National Honor Society, leadership council, student senate, is a young champion ambassador, and participates in her church youth group. She is looking forward to attending Colorado’s Youth Tour saying, “just like all the other leadership groups I am involved in, I expect to learn more about what it means to be a leader and improve and implement my leadership skills, because there is always room to grow as a person and a leader.”


Carolyna Truong

Carolyna Truong, second-place winner, is a junior who attends The Classical Academy. She feels, “a good leader is one that has courage, integrity, honesty, humility, and clear focus. A good leader must diminish fear in herself and in others. She finds ways to encourage and build courage in others so that she, and everyone she leads, can take on the most difficult task and perseveres to the end. A good leader has integrity and honesty to always do the right thing, especially when no one is looking.” Carolyna works on her leadership skills while participating in her school’s marching band, concert band, varsity tennis team, and Destination Imagination structural building competition. She has also been inducted into the National Honors Society. While at the Colorado Youth Tour she hopes, “to gain more experience as a leader and to grow in the character traits I admire in great leaders.”

For more information, please contact Erica Meyer by email at or by calling (719) 494-2654.

Don’t miss out on either of these two great trips!!!