JFWA's Nichols and Gao Winners in PVEC Essay Contest

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Frank White Academy (JFWA) students Olivia Nichols and Daniel Gao are winners of the Powell Valley Electric Cooperative (PVEC) 2020 Washington Youth Tour Writing Contest.


Nichols, a junior from Tazewell, Tennessee, earned second-place honors and Gao, a junior from Tazewell, Tennessee, placed third. Their essays will compete with others from across Tennessee for scholarship prizes.


“The Academy is very proud of Olivia and Daniel,” said Principal Bobby Lockhart. “This is a wonderful achievement, and hopefully, it will spark a love of writing for them that has a lasting impact on the rest of their lives.”


The annual event, sponsored by PVEC and the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association (TECA), provides young leaders with an opportunity to explore the nation’s capital, learn about government and cooperatives and develop their leadership skills. Students were selected for the trip by writing winning short stories about how co-ops provide communities with much more than electric power.


TECA has canceled the June 2020 trip to Washington, D.C., and is evaluating options to recognize this year’s winners.


JFWA has had the overall winner of this competition two of the last four years and has sent at least one representative three of the last four years.


The J. Frank White Academy is a private, college preparatory day school serving grades K-12, located on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University. JFWA is fully accredited and STEM certified by Cognia, which is the first internationally recognized mark of quality for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) schools and programs, signaling the growing emphasis on STEM education by educators, politicians and business leaders around the world. For more information contact JFWA Director of Admissions Bernie Harrington at [email protected] or apply online at JFWA.LMUnet.edu.


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