OC, SF students among winners of GEMC's short story contest
Posted: Friday, June 5, 2009 10:29 am
The Messenger 06.05.09
More than 1,000 high school juniors in this area were recently given an opportunity to compete in Gibson Electric Membership Corp.’s 2009 Washington Youth Tour Short Story Contest.
At least one winner was chosen from a high school in Obion, Lake, Gibson and Crockett counties and at least one other was chosen at large to represent member children who live outside those four counties, attend private schools or are homeschooled.
Obion County Central High School student Michael Ruddy and South Fulton High School student Ashlee Tynes were among the local winners.
Ruddy’s teacher at OCCHS was Jean Little and Miss Tynes’ teacher at SFHS was Lisa Thompson.
Gibson EMC’s top winner was Greer Barnes, a student from Peabody High School in Trenton. She won $100 cash and an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., on the Rural Electric Youth Tour in June. Her short story also will compete with the top short stories from throughout Tennessee for $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000 college scholarships sponsored by the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association.
Five other students wrote stories that earned them $50 each and an expense-paid spot on the Rural Electric Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. In addition to Ruddy and Miss Tynes, they include Hannah Evans from Dyer County High School, Lauren Andrews from Crockett County High School and Wendy Mills from Lake County High School.
Kaleb Wolfe also won $50 for being the school winner at Gibson County High School.
All of the students who competed in the contest will be eligible for one of five $500 scholarships to be given away in a drawing at Gibson EMC’s annual meeting on Aug. 8.
2009 Washington Youth Tour Short Story Contest, Ashlee Tynes, Gibson Electric Membership Corp., Michael Ruddy, Obion County Central High School, South Fulton High School