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Video Contest

The Day the Lights Came On

Co-op Teens Power Texas video contest offers up to $4,000 in prizes

  • October 26, 2012

Official Rules and Entry Forms

Download a PDF with complete rules and entry information for this year’s contest.

Helpful Interviewing Tips

Download this PDF with guidelines to help you get the most out of your interview.

Try this, just for a minute: Lights off, ear buds out, thumbs off your smart phones, set the games aside. Now close your eyes. Strange, quiet world, isn’t it? That was life 24/7 about 75 years ago, when most of Texas was unplugged. There was nothing to plug into—no electrical service except for in the big cities.

To really capture what that was like, we’re challenging students to find local people who remember those days and what it was like to get electricity for the first time. Produce a 5- to 10-minute interview with a person who experienced that moment and capture their recollections surrounding that time. Think about what having electricity meant for this person, for your town, for Texas. Enter your video in the Texas Co-op Power 2013 Co-op Teens Power Texas video contest and you could win $1,500.

We will award up to $4,000 in prizes:
$1,500 to the first-place winner
$500 to the video with the most views on YouTube
$250 to each of four runners-up
$1,000 to the school sponsoring the first-place winner

The 2013 Co-op Teens Power Texas contest opens November 1, 2012, and ends April 1, 2013. Any student in grades 6–12 whose parents or legal guardians are current members of an electric cooperative in Texas can participate.

Be sure to follow Texas Co-op Power on Facebook and Twitter @TexasCoopPower for the latest contest updates, tips and information. You can see last year’s winning videos here.

Questions? Email us here.

We’re looking forward to this year’s entries. Good luck!