The motto of the Washington Youth Tour is “900 Words Can Change Everything”. Four students living in Tri-County Electric’s service area found this to be true by writing winning short stories explaining how electric co-ops are “Building a Brighter Tennessee” through investments in energy, education, broadband, economic development and more.

Tri-County Electric’s 2022 Washington Youth Tour Writing Contest Winners:

Trace Gearlds, Monroe County High School – overall winner & nominee for a TECA scholarship

Isabella Hale, Clay County High School

Abigail Vaughn, Trousdale County High School

Donavan Olson,  Red Boiling Springs High School

Tri-County Electric joins other electric cooperatives in partnering with their statewide associations and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) in offering the Washington Youth Tour Writing Contest to high school juniors. “We are very proud of the students who wrote winning short stories and are pleased to award them $1,000 scholarships, in addition to the $100 & $50 winners at each school” said Paul Thompson, Tri-County Electric CEO. “We are hopeful that we can resume the trip to Washington, D.C. in 2023.”

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