Each year, Powell Valley Electric Cooperative takes four high school juniors to Washington, D.C., as part of the Electric Cooperative Washington Youth Tour to learn about history, government and leadership. Health concerns prevented the 2021 trip, so the co-op presented scholarships to
this year’s winners.

Students from across the co-op’s service area could enter the contest by writing a creative short story about the various ways Powell Valley Electric is investing in a brighter future for the communities
it serves. The short stories are judged by an outside source and scored based on originality, appropriate treatment of theme, knowledge of the subject, grammar and composition.

Lillian Stubblefield, J. Frank White Academy student, was the top winner. Her story will also compete with the top stories from throughout Tennessee for $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000 college scholarships sponsored by the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association. Other top winners were Jaden Brock, Cumberland Gap High School, second place; Amelia Serrenho, Cumberland Gap, third; and Caleb Carney, J. Frank White, fourth.

Whether it be through the Youth Tour program or scholarships, supporting the future of these students and the communities they represent is an investment that will create a brighter future for us all. We are excited to see them grow their talents and knowledge. The entire team at Powell Valley Electric Cooperative is rooting for their success, and we are confident they will each find ways to impact our communities in the future.