The 2022 Washington D.C. Youth Tour Writing Contest is open to high school juniors enrolled in the seven public high schools in the Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative service area. They are: Bledsoe County High School, Grundy County High School, Marion County High School, Richard Hardy Memorial School, Sequatchie County High School, South Pittsburg High School and Whitwell High School.
A first, second, and third place winner will be named from each of the seven high schools in our service area. We are happy to say that this year we will be able to bring back a bit of normalcy to our Washington D.C. Youth Tour Writing Contest by taking some student winners on the Washington D.C. Youth Tour Trip. However, there are still Covid-19 restriction in place and spots are limited. One first place winner from each of the four counties will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. as a participant in the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association's Washington Youth Tour.
The other three winners will receive a $1,000 scholarship. If one of the 4 chosen delegates declines the trip it will go the next school winner in line.
The 2nd place winners will receive a $250 cash prize, and 3rd place winners will receive a $100 cash prize from each school.
One story will be selected from the seven first-place stories to be entered in the state-wide contest. The awards at the state level are college scholarships - $3000 for 1st, $2000 for 2nd and $1000 for 3rd. Delegates who stay engaged and active with their local co-op in the year following the Youth Tour have a chance to win a $10,000 scholarship to the college or trade school of their choice.
Building a Brighter Tennessee
The Washington Youth Tour was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! I could not be more thankful for my cooperative and the lifelong friends I made on the trip.Seth Troyer, delegate from Richard Hardy Memorial School