Each year since 1969, Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative has sponsored the Washington Youth Tour Writing Contest, sending winners on the “trip of a lifetime” in our nation’s capital. However, due to travel restrictions and safety precautions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 and 2021 Youth Tours had to be canceled.
The 2020 and 2021 delegates may have been robbed of their trip but not of the honor they achieved for their excellent efforts in the writing contest. These students will each receive a $1,000 scholarship in lieu of the trip. Meet the outstanding students who would have made up our 2021 SVEC Washington Youth Tour delegation.
Rian Fann, Bledsoe County High School: I am a member of the BCHS cross-country team, the videographer for the football and basketball teams and was named an SVEC Rising Star in 2020. I plan to pursue a degree in Broadcast Journalism at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with the goal of becoming a broadcast Journalist.
Raven Holloway, Richard Hardy Memorial School: I have loved participating in marching band since eighth grade. I was selected for two leadership programs when I lived in Mississippi and have held leadership positions in the band, HOSA, Beta Club and at Girl’s State. My plans are to become a medical doctor in the U.S. Air Force.
Hadley Smith, Sequatchie County High School: I enjoy being a part of anything and challenging myself. I have been involved in the Beta, LEO, Interact and 4-H Clubs; participated in softball and yearbook; and was selected to attend Governor’s School at East Tennessee State University. My plans are to become an RN in an ICU position.
Briley Dempsey, Grundy County High School: I enjoy singing in the school chorus and at church and performing the National Anthem at GCHS ballgames. I Have also been a member of the GCHS volleyball and basketball teams. I would like to pursue a career in the performing arts.
Gracie Rains, Marion County High School: I love spending time with my family and friends. I have been involved in FCA and the Beta Club at school and am very involved in my church. I enjoy babysitting as a job in the summer. My goal is to become an elementary school teacher.
Sydney Boggs, South Pittsburg High School: I learned the joy of giving back at a young age and volunteer with a number of non-profits. I have participated in the 4-H and Interact Clubs; held leadership roles in Beta Club and FCA; played basketball and Volleyball; and am a member of the SPHS “PITT Crew.” I plan to pursue a five-year business master's degree at UT Knoxville.
Caitlynn Lewis, Whitwell High School: I enjoy volunteering at community events and assuming leadership roles. I have participated in Beta, STEM, Interact and Pep Clubs, the Student council and as a guide at the Childrens’ Holocaust Memorial. I plan to Major in Business Management.