Forty-two Southern Arizona High School students recently returned from an all expense paid trip to Washington D.C. after winning their local electric cooperative competition. Eight of those students from St. David, Safford, Thatcher, and Duncan are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Marshall Judd, Amy Daley and Britta Mayberry from the St David Stake were the winners of the Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative. Logan Jones of the Duncan Stake won from the Duncan Valley Electric Cooperative, and Kaylee Broadhead, Shawn Clonts, Jacy Larson and Luke McCrae from the Graham County Electric Cooperative, Safford and Thatcher Stakes.
The competition is open to all high school juniors in their local utility service area. Students earn the trip based on a three-step process that begins with a preliminary test on materials related to energy and cooperatives. Students with the highest test score from each high school in their cooperatives service area are invited to submit an essay. Students whose essays score the highest and then take an additional test covering more complex materials about cooperatives, energy and electricity terminology, and after an interview by a panel of judges, are then awarded the trip.