Washington Youth Tour Creative Writing Contest
More than a story, it’s an unforgettable opportunity.
Essays become memories.
At MTEMC, we don’t just serve houses, we serve families. Many of our members have high school students who we help by promoting healthy creative competition. One such initiative is our Washington Youth Tour, the MTEMC-sponsored creative writing contest, with an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., as one of the prizes.
This is how it works: During the school year, a lecture, video and printed materials about subjects related to electric cooperatives are offered to students. They use that information to write short stories about how these organizations connect their communities with power, information and opportunities.
Each year, students respond by submitting many informative and interesting short stories. More than 1,300 students from Cannon, Rutherford, Williamson and Wilson counties submitted 800- to 900-word essays this year. The winning story came from Sam Walsh of Franklin High School. He and the 13 other winners (see graphic below) will join students from across the nation for the 2019 Washington Youth Tour. During their trip, they will meet our members of Congress and U.S. Senators, explore the museums, memorials and monuments in our nation’s capital and network with other teens representing electric cooperatives across the country.