Courtesy of WCEC

Wood County Electric Cooperative, in conjunction with Texas Co-op Power magazine, announces the launch of the 2013 Co-op Teens Power Texas video contest. For the fourth consecutive year, Texas Co-op Power will award up to $4,000 in cash prizes for winners of the competition.


Students in grades 6 through 12 whose parents or legal guardians are current members of an electric cooperative in Texas can participate. This year, students are asked to create a five to 10 minute video interviewing someone who remembers the era when “the lights came on” and when electricity was first connected to their home. The video will serve as an oral history of the time before the interviewee received electricity and how life was changed afterwards. All videos have the potential to be included in a full-length documentary to be produced by Texas Co-op Power at a later date.


The grand prizewinner will receive $1,500 and be profiled in Texas Co-op Power magazine. If a school is involved as a sponsor of the first-place winner it will be awarded $1,000. The second-place winner, determined by the most YouTube views, will receive $500. Four runners-up will each receive $250 for best performance in one of four judging categories: creativity, educational value, video editing and technical quality.


The contest opens November 1 and ends April 1. Winners will be announced April 23.


For full contest rules and entry forms, go to, scroll down and click on the Co-op Teens Power Texas button on the right side of the page.  See last year’s winning videos at For contest updates and tips, “Like” Texas Co-op Power magazine on Facebook or follow on Twitter @TexasCoopPower. 


Texas Co-op Power is a monthly magazine published by Texas Electric Cooperatives and distributed to 1.3 million households and businesses receiving electricity from electric cooperatives in Texas.


Wood County Electric Cooperative, Inc. is a not-for-profit electric cooperative with the mission of providing member-customers reliable electric service at a reasonable rate.   WCEC serves over 33,000 meters in parts of nine counties throughout northeast Texas, including Camp, Franklin, Hopkins, Rains, Smith, Titus, Upshur, Van Zandt, and Wood.