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High school students invited to compete for free trip to D.C.

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news Wadena, 56482
Wadena Minnesota 314 S. Jefferson, P.O. Box 31 56482

Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative invites sophomores and juniors from the local area to compete for a chance to win a free, five-day trip to Washington, D.C. Two local students will be selected to join about 1,500 others from across the country at the nation's Capitol City June 12-17, 2010.

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The Minnesota delegation of about 35 teens, sponsored by Minnesota electric cooperatives, will tour the national museums and monuments, the Smithsonian Institute and Arlington Cemetery. They will also visit with local legislators, attend an all-states session about government and business, take an evening cruise on the Potomac River and see a major theatre production.

To participate in the contest, students must first submit to the cooperative office a one-page, typewritten response to the question, how will the production and use of energy change in this country over the next couple of decades? The essays will be ranked by the quality of the writing and reasoning. Up to 15 finalists will continue in the interview portion of the competition, tentatively scheduled on March 9 at the cooperative office. A panel of judges will select the two winners based on the content of the students' responses to questions and the poise demonstrated during the interviews. Appointment times and further details will be mailed to each qualifying contestant.

To be eligible, students must be sophomores or juniors from one of these school districts: Bertha-Hewitt, Browerville, Eagle Valley, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, Menahga, Sebeka, Staples, Verndale or Wadena-Deer Creek. Essays must be received at the cooperative office by Feb. 26 and must be labeled with the student's name, school, grade level, home address and telephone number(s). They may be sent via e-mail (todd-wad@toddwadena.coop), fax (218-631-4188) or mail (P.O. Box 431, Wadena, MN 56482.

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