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Two high school juniors win a trip to D.C.

November 01, 2010

Date: March 14, 2008
Media Contact: Anna Wright

JACKSON–Kaitlan Ramsey of Thomasville High School and Luke Wheeler of Millry High School School will be representing Clarke-Washington EMC when they spend a week this summer experiencing the sites and history of Washington D.C.

Both high school juniors, Ramsey and Wheeler earned this opportunity by participating in Clarke-Washington EMC’s Washington D.C. Youth Tour contest.  Juniors from each high school in Clarke and Washington County were asked to submit an essay on the topic: “Describe the history of the Rural Electrification Program, including information about Clarke-Washington EMC.  Describe how electric cooperatives were formed and their resulting impact on the growth, improvement and standard of living in this area.”  

Essays were submitted anonymously and judges selected the top two essayists from each school.  The essay winners were asked to partake in an interview session with a panel of judges at the Clarke-Washington EMC office in Jackson on Friday, March 14.  Students were interviewed on their knowledge of rural electric cooperatives, the history of Clarke-Washington EMC and current events.

Judges for the interview panel were Patty Singleton-Seay from Covington Electric Membership Corporation in Andalusia and Helen Drinkard, retired from the Clarke County Extension Office.

This year’s participants were Brett Bradford of Clarke Prep School, Luke Wheeler of Millry High School, Alex O’Guynn and Meg Smith of Leroy High School, Brianna Penn and Kaitlan Ramsey of Thomasville High School, and Erica Beech and Johnny Howard, Jr. of Washington County High School.

The purpose of this program is to educate high school students about rural electric cooperatives and provide an opportunity for a deserving student to experience the Washington D.C. Youth Tour.

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