Each year, thanks to a strong partnership with area high schools and English teachers, Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation (MTEMC) sends 15 high school juniors to spend a week exploring Washington, D.C., learning about government and cooperatives and developing their leadership skills.
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, MTEMC 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," added Stewarts Creek High School 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."
To learn more about the Washington Youth Tour, contact Sanders at (615) 494-1065 or e-mail Jay.Sanders@mtemc.com.