FPU Announces Winners of 2019 Washington Youth Tour Short Story Contest

Seven students from Lincoln County have been named winners of Fayetteville Public Utilities’ short story writing contest for 2019. Winners include: Chloe Bridge, first place, Sahil Patel, second place and Justin Williams, third place, of Lincoln County High School; Nathan Posey, first place and Eli Young, second place, of Fayetteville HighSchool; and Alyssa Hampton, first place, of Riverside ChristianAcademy and Sophia Buck, second place, representing Riverside Church of Christ home-school umbrella program. 


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


This year, both the first and second place winners from Lincoln County High School are unable to attend due to prior commitments. The third place winner, Justin Williams, will be going on the trip. 


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


This year, students wrote stories titled “Electric Cooperatives: Connecting Communities,” which encouraged them to reflect on those things that FPU does beyond delivering electricity to homes and businesses.


“This year, FPU received and judged more than 60 short stories representing the best from our local high schools,” said Dye. “The winning stories are selected solely on the students’ writing abilities and their understanding of how FPU connects the community we serve. I congratulate all of our 2019 contest winners.”


Alyssa Hampton’s winning story received top scores in FPU’s contest. Her story has been submitted to the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association (TECA) for the 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.

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