Joseph Courter, left, and Mia Hunter were recently selected as finalists in a Co-Mo Connect youth essay contest. Top scorers were invited to make a presentation at a dinner honoring the finalists. Courter was chosen as the representative for Morgan County R-II High School and will attend an all-expense-paid, week-long leadership conference in Washington D.C. Hunter was awarded the Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience, which will take place in the summer of 2022 in Jefferson City. (submitted photo)