Students win FPU’s writing contest, trip to D.C.

Six students from Lincoln County have been named winners of Fayetteville Public Utilities’ short story writing contest. Winners include: Jacob Kelley, first place, and Katelynn Bevers, second place, of Lincoln County High School; Will Vanhooser, first place, and Evann Fowler, second place, of Fayetteville High School; and Grace Lombard, first place, and Will Eldridge, second place, of Riverside Christian Academy.

FPU awards each first-place winner the opportunity to participate in the week-long Washington, DC, Youth Tour. Second place winners serve as alternates for the Youth Tour in the event one of the winners is unable to attend.

“The writing contest is more than a classroom assignment for the junior classes,” says FPU’s CEO and General Manager Britt Dye. “The writing contest encourages them to learn about FPU and what we do for our customers and community we serve.”

This year, students wrote stories titled “Electric Cooperatives: Going Beyond the Wires,” which encouraged them to reflect on those things that FPU does beyond delivering electricity to our homes and businesses to include other ways in which FPU supports our community.

“This year, FPU received and judged 100 short stories representing the best from our local high schools,” says Dye. “The winning stories are selected solely on the students’ writing abilities and their understanding of how FPU goes beyond the wires to serve our community. I congratulate all of our 2017 contest winners.”

Will Vanhooser’s winning story received top scores in FPU’s contest. His story has been submitted to the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association (TECA) for statewide competition. The statewide writing contest awards scholarships valued at $3,000 for first place; $2,000 for second place; and $1,000 for third place. Winners of the statewide writing contest will be announced during the Washington, DC, Youth Tour this month.

More than 140 students from rural electric utilities across Tennessee will be attending the Washington, DC, Youth Tour during the week of June 9 - 15 and will see first-hand the monuments and memorials signifying our freedoms, our country’s honored leaders and heroes and will learn for themselves what makes our country great.

The Youth Tour is a joint effort of Tennessee’s rural electric systems, such as FPU, TECA and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. 

Will Vanhooser is the son of Keith and Lana Vanhooser; Evann Fowler is the son of Jim and Suzanne Fowler; Jacob Kelley is the son of Donald and Kim Kelley; Katelynn Bevers is the daughter of Crandall and Kathy Bevers; Grace Lombard is the daughter of Jeff and Deliska Lombard; Will Eldridge is the son of Daniel and Dana Eldridge.

Dye, left, congratulates the winners of the 2017 short story writing contest. With him are Will Vanhooser, Evann Fowler, Grace Lombard, Will Eldridge, Jacob Kelley and Katelynn Bevers.