Coosa Valley Electric Cooperative names 2018 Youth Tour winners

The top three students in the Coosa Valley Electric Cooperative 2018 Youth Tour Competition were (from left) Matthew Morrison, of Lincoln High School; John Luke Wheeler, of Winterboro High School; and Addison Smith, of First Assembly Christian School.

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TALLADEGA COUNTY -- The Coosa Valley Electric Cooperative recently held its 27th annual Youth Tour Competition, during which 15 high school students throughout the CVEC service area participated in competitive interviews, essays and written tests focusing on the power industry and current global events.

“Coosa Valley Electric has several programs focused on education,” CVEC General Manager Leland Fuller said. “The Youth Tour Competition is one that requires students to invest time and attention into learning about electric cooperatives and the power industry as a whole. We hope what they have learned will stay with them into the future as they start their careers and families.”

The top three CVEC Youth Tour performers were John Luke Wheeler, Winterboro High; Matthew Morrison, Lincoln High; and Addison Smith, First Assembly Christian School.

“The winners of the competition receive two all-expenses paid trips where they will meet students from around the state and around the nation while learning about the power industry, their government and their country,” an official press release states.

The first is a three-day trip is to the state capitol in Montgomery. The second is a six-day trip to Washington, D.C., where the winners will represent CVEC and the state.

“They will meet youth tour competition winners from cooperatives all over the United States while touring some of our nation’s most iconic monuments, memorials and museums,” the release read.

The top three scoring students will attend the Montgomery trip. The top two will travel to Washington D.C.

Coosa Valley Electric serves more than 16,500 consumers in Talladega, St. Clair, Shelby, Clay, Etowah and Calhoun counties.

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