FPU offers writing contest, trip to nation’s capital to high school juniors

High school juniors have a chance to win the week-long tour of our nation’s capital as part of the annual Washington Youth Tour sponsored by Fayetteville Public Utilities (FPU) and the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association, which includes 22 other rural electric systems in Tennessee.

Junior class students who are enrolled at local public and private schools and those who are home-schooled are invited to participate in the FPU writing contest.

To be eligible to participate, students must be a junior in high school and must live in FPU’s service area.

FPU employees have recently completed the writing contest presentations at the local public and private high schools; home-school students and/or their parents should contact Gina Warren at FPU, (931) 433-1522, for writing contest materials, guidelines and details about the writing contest.

Deadline to submit an entry in FPU’s writing contest is March 1.

This year’s writing contest theme is “Electric Cooperatives: Going Beyond the Wires,” which encourages students to focus on how rural electric systems strengthen their communities and improve lives across the area by providing safe, reliable, affordable energy.

Three high school juniors will be selected as winners of FPU’s writing contest and will receive the trip to Washington, D.C., as part of the annual Washington Youth Tour. Three other students will be named as alternates for the trip and will attend the tour in the event one of the winners is unable to participate.

In addition to winning the trip to D.C., the best overall story penned by a Lincoln County student will compete on a statewide level for college scholarships valued at up to $3,000 for first place.

Rural electric systems in Tennessee sponsor approximately 130 students annually in the event, and more than 1,500 students from across the nation participate in the Washington Youth Tour each year. The 2017 Washington Youth Tour is scheduled for June 9 – 15.