NEW ROADS - Winners of the annual Youth Tour Essay Contest sponsored by Pointe Coupee Electric Membership Corporation and Louisiana Generating, LLC a subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc. was announced at a recent reception.         

Representing Pointe Coupee Electric and winning the all expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association's Youth Tour Conference are Kaitlyn Lambert from Iberville Parish, Skylar Hebert of Pointe Coupee Parish and Monica Gordon of West Baton Rouge Parish.

NRG Energy, Inc. employee David Hinchee was on hand to award three of the nine finalists. Those recipients were McKenzie LeBlanc of Iberville Parish and Rhea Lee and Cara Williams of West Baton Rouge Parish.        

Lambert and LeBlanc attend St. John High School, Gordon, Lee and Williams attend Port Allen High School, and Hebert attends Catholic High of Pointe Coupee.

The other finalists who will serve as alternates if any of the six winners are unable to take part in the Youth Tour this summer are Bree Landry and William LeBlanc of Catholic High of Pointe Coupee and Kyle Glenn of St. John High School.

The contest finalists were selected from approximately 150 high school juniors from the area served by Pointe Coupee Electric who were eligible to participate in a writing contest. The students submitted essays in the form of letters to any elected official on a topic of their choosing.

PCEMC Board members Jimmy Ewing, Alton B. Smith Jr. and Peter Rumfola Jr. were on hand to hear the students’ oral presentations. The contest judges all represented various industries and backgrounds from outside the tri-parish service area.

Pointe Coupee Electric General Manager Joseph H. “Jodie” Cotten served as emcee during the evening banquet, while Youth Tour Director Sandy Stockwell also made a brief presentation.

The students will participate in a youth leadership summit set for April 14-16, 2014, in Baton Rouge while the Youth Tour trip to Washington D.C. will take place June 13-20.

While in Washington, the students will join hundreds of other students from across the country to learn more about electric cooperatives, visit the various historic sites and monuments, attend social functions and receive leadership training.