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2021 Creative Writing & Scholarship Competition

DREMC honors 2020 writing contest winners

We introduce the nine high school juniors who have won first place in the cooperative’s annual writing contest. Meet the winners of this year’s competition below.

“Congratulations to these future leaders,” shared President and CEO Scott Spence. “We are very proud of their accomplishments and how they represent our community. We wish them the best in their future endeavors.”

Traditionally, students winning the writing competition are awarded the week-long Washington, D.C., Youth Tour. However, due to COVID-19 and safety concerns, the tour was cancelled.

In lieu of receiving the tour, DREMC will honor these contest winners in coming weeks at a special awards presentation. Visit www.dremc.com and follow DREMC on social media to see highlights from the awards presentation.

Students participating in the writing contest not only receive local awards but are also eligible to compete on a state level for scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.

Each year, students in the DREMC service area are invited to write 900 words or less about electric cooperatives and how they serve their communities. This year’s contest theme was titled “Electric Cooperatives: The Power to Be” and asked students to focus on how electric cooperatives give consumers the “power to be” connected, engaged, productive, healthy, educated, etc.

“This youth program offers students a creative writing opportunity to win awards and also gives DREMC an opportunity to share how not-for-profit cooperatives are different from other types of businesses,” says Connie Potts, DREMC’s publications and marketing specialist who coordinates the writing contest. “Students learn that affordable and reliable energy from electric cooperatives impacts the lives of all they serve.”

Tennessee’s electric cooperatives provide power to more than 1.1 million homes, farms and businesses across rural and suburban

DREMC’s rich, 84-year history has evolved into today’s modern cooperative using technology to efficiently operate a large, advanced electric grid. The primary goal of DREMC has not changed: provide safe, reliable and affordable energy while caring for the members.

DREMC sponsors the Washington Youth Tour to involve students in learning about our nation and how electric cooperatives help change its landscape.

More than 6,000 high school juniors from across Tennessee have participated in the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour since it began in the 1960s.

Bethany Cothran of Bradford County

Bethany Cothran
Bedford County

Lexi Evans of Bedford County

Lexi Evans
Bedford County

Rylan Wolkonowski of Franklin County

Rylan Wolkonowski
Franklin County

Maddux Golden of Franklin County

Maddux Golden
Franklin County

Kayley Rooker of Giles County

Kayley Rooker
Giles County

Ella Rose Strasser of Marshall County

Ellarose Strasser
Marshall County

Tatum Garrett of Marshall County

Tatum Garrett
Marshall County

Audrey Moorehead of Moore County

Audrey Moorehead
Moore County

McKayla Sims of Maury County

McKayla Sims
Maury County