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Brighton High School Students win Valuable Prizes

Brighton High School Students win Valuable Prizes


Paige Crothers, Brighton High School Junior, will soon be packing her bags and Myleigh Huffman also of BHS is $75 richer! Why you ask? Paige won 1st place and Myleigh came in 2nd place in the Southwest Tennessee Electric Creative Writing & Scholarship Competition that was presented to the junior class at Brighton High School. Students are selected for Washington Youth Tour by writing a short story titled “Electric CooperativesGoing Beyond the Wires” that explains how co-ops provide communities with much more than electric power.

Myleigh was very excited that she earned a $75 cash prize for second place in the contest and Paige is ecstatic about her first-place win. Paige will be traveling with other juniors from around the state of Tennessee on the Washington Youth Tour. WYT is an all-expense paid and guided tour to Washington D.C. in June, 2017.

Washington Youth Tour/Creative Writing and Scholarship Competition is offered to public high school juniors in the Southwest Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation (STEMC) service area. Paige chose to take advantage of this remarkable opportunity and won a week-long trip to our nation’s capital. She could also have the chance to compete to become the spokesperson for the Tennessee Youth Leadership Council and a chance to win a $10,000 scholarship. Who knew a simple short story, less than 900 words, about local electric cooperatives could open such doors of opportunity?

“We recognize how important it is to prepare the next generation of rural leaders”, said STEMC Communications & Community Outreach Specialist, Tina Morris, “We could not do this without the support we receive from area schools and teachers. We would especially like to thank Brighton High School English teachers for their participation in WYT Creative Writing & Scholarship Competition and their support of this program throughout the years.”

Among activities filling the trip agenda are tours of Washington, D.C, and all its landmarks, memorials and museums. Highlights include the Smithsonian Institution, White House, U.S. Capitol, Mount Vernon and Monticello. Students will learn about government and cooperatives and develop their leadership skills. Each day of the Washington Youth Tour will bring impressive sights, opportunities for photos and lots of memories.

Southwest Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation is a consumer-owned, nonprofit electric distribution cooperative, providing electric service to parts of Chester, Crockett, Fayette, Hardeman, Haywood, Henderson, Madison and Tipton Counties.   Of the twenty-two electric cooperatives in Tennessee, Southwest, with over 49,000 consumers and approximately 3,900 miles of line. Southwest is the largest electric cooperative in West Tennessee. Washington Youth Tour is just another way Southwest Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation goes beyond the wires to improve the lives of our members and enrich our community.