Mountain View Electric Association, Inc. Awards 4 High School Juniors with Leadership Opportunities

Essay contest winners will be traveling to Washington, D.C. and Clark, CO!

Falcon, CO – 4 high school juniors win Mountain View Electric Association Inc.’s (MVEA) essay contest and are being awarded with all-expense paid leadership-focused trips. This year, the first and second place winners will receive a week-long trip to Washington, D.C., for the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour in June with approximately 1,900 high school juniors from cooperatives across the nation. The third and fourth place winners are invited to the Colorado Electric Education Institute Youth Leadership Camp in Clark, Colorado, in July. They will join nearly 100 students from Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Wyoming to improve their leadership skills and enjoy a variety of outdoor activities.

First Place

First Place: Ashley Enghaus, Falcon High School Ashley Enghaus, Falcon High School

Ashley Enghaus attends Falcon High School, where she is active in cheerleading, track, and JROTC. Ashley is also getting a head start on her future career as a nurse through the Health Academy at Falcon High School. Within weeks of graduating, she will complete clinicals and become a certified nursing assistant, while attending nursing school to become a neonatal nurse.

Second Place

Second Place: Isabella Avdem, Falcon High SchoolIsabella Avdem, Falcon High School

Isabella Avdem, a student at Falcon High School, is a regular on the honor roll. Isabella excels in academics, having won accolades in math, as well as student leadership roles. After high school, Isabella plans to attend medical school to become a pediatrician.

Third Place

Third Place: Lane Wilfong, Peyton Junior-Senior High SchoolLane Wilfong, Peyton Junior-Senior High School

Lane Wilfong is an accom­plished student athlete who wres­tles for Peyton Junior-Senior High School and at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. After he graduates from high school, Lane is applying to attend the United States Air Force Academy to pursue a degree in aeronautical engineering and a career as a pilot.

Fourth Place

Mahalie Owens, Limon Public Schools

Mahalie Owens is a student at Limon Public Schools and is a member of National Honor Society. Mahalie is active in many activities, including FFA, softball, basketball, and band. After high school, she hopes to attend a college or univer­sity out of state while earning her degree.

MVEA’s essay contest encourages students throughout MVEA’s service territory to submit their best response to an essay question. This year’s topic was: “You have just been named CEO of Mountain View Electric Association, Inc. — your community electric cooperative! As the new CEO, write about what you would do first in your new position. Explain your priorities and values and give the reasons why you feel that way.”

The names of the students are removed from the essays and then reviewed by the MVEA Education Committee, comprised of members of the Board of Directors, who vote for the top essays.

Thank you to all students who submitted essays for MVEA’s essay contest. For more information on MVEA’s Youth Programs, visit: our Youth Programs page.

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