St. Joseph’s Academy junior Rhianna San Soucie was chosen as one of four winners of the 2019 DEMCO Rural Electric Co-op Youth Tour Essay Contest. As a winner, she will enjoy an all-expenses-paid trip to the weeklong Government-in-Action Youth Tour leadership conference in Washington, D.C., this June.
San Soucie joined 11 other finalists, including SJA classmate Camilla Nicosia, on February 26 at an evening banquet at White Oak Plantation. The finalists, who were from private and public schools throughout DEMCO’s seven-parish service area, were tested on rural electrification facts and judged on the oral presentation of their essays.
San Soucie’s essay addressed how women are often stereotyped in movie roles and how increased funding for female filmmakers could combat the problem. “I was so honored to be chosen as a finalist and very excited to be a part of the event,” she said.
Nicosia’s essay discussed student-chosen summer reading. “It would help students with the advancement of learning because it encourages a child to learn more through reading,” she explained.
The girls were accompanied by their parents, English teacher Jill Abadie and former SJA English teacher Blair Purgerson, who worked with them in advance of the evening to hone their presentation skills.
Honorable mention recognition went to SJA juniors Brennan Cascio, Molly Blouin, Ashley McGuire, Simone Muir and Jane Singleton.
Mindy Brodhead Averitt
Photos courtesy of Jill Abadie