900 words can change everything

Staff Reports • Updated Nov 10, 2016 at 5:00 PM

Each summer, Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corp. sends 15 high school juniors to spend a week to explore Washington, D.C., learn about government and cooperatives and develop their leadership skills. 

This opportunity is made possible thanks to a strong partnership with area high schools and English teachers.

Students are selected for the Washington Youth Tour Creative Writing and Scholarship Contest by writing a short story titled “Electric Cooperatives – Going Beyond the Wires” that explains how co-ops provide communities with much more than electric power.

Youth Tour delegates also have the opportunity to win a share of $16,000 in scholarships from MTEMC and Tennessee’s electric cooperatives.

“We recognize how important it is to prepare the next generation of rural leaders,” said Jay Sanders, community relations coordinator.  “We could not do this without the support we receive from area schools and teachers.”  

“The writing contest affords the students great opportunities,” said Stewarts Creek teacher Matt Marlatt, “not only for scholarship money but also gives them the opportunity to see a lot of Washington, D.C. and our national treasures and monuments. More than anything, they get the opportunity to meet other students and build their leadership potential.”

MTEMC employees are currently in schools making presentations about the Washington Youth Tour Creative Writing and Scholarship Contest. Anyone who knows a high school junior who is a talented writer may encourage them to participate. They could be 900 words away from a trip to Washington, D.C. 

Contact Sanders at 615-494-1065 or [email protected] to learn more about the Washington Youth Tour. 


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