Essay Contest

Attention High School Juniors!

Win a free trip to Washington, D.C., or a week at Leadership Camp at Glen Eden Resort!

Every year MVEA sponsors an essay contest for high school juniors. The first place winner receives 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 juniors 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.

The second and third place winners will be invited to the Colorado Electric Education Institute’s Youth Leadership Camp 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 submit an essay of approximately 500 words on the topic – What is the difference between energy conservation and energy efficiency? Do you feel that members should use one method over the other if they want to use less energy?
  2. The student must be at least 16 years of age by January 1, 2018
  3. Parents or guardians must receive electric service from MVEA.
  4. Complete the Entry Form.
  5. Include a high resolution digital or hardcopy image of the student with the application.

Entries must be emailed, postmarked, hand delivered to either MVEA office or placed in an MVEA drop box by November 20, 2017. Attach or scan the entry form with your essay and send it to: or MVEA, Attn: Communications, 11140 E. Woodmen Road, Falcon, CO 80831 by November 20, 2017.

Congratulations to our 2016 essay contest winners!

1st Place – Gavin Hornung from Palmer Ridge HS
2nd Place – Tucker Thompson from Limon HS
3rd Place – Kasey Martinez from Limon HS

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!!!