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Marttala wins writing contest, earns trip to Washington, D.C.
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Watching a squirrel run across a power line sparked a story that won Warren County High School rising senior Lilly Marttala an all-expense-paid trip to Washington D.C.Marttala entered, and was named the overall winner, of the 2014 Washington Youth Tour Writing Contest. High school juniors in Caney Fork Electric Cooperative’s service area of Warren, White, Van Buren and DeKalb counties were eligible to enter the contest.The participants were asked to write short stories titled “Electric Cooperatives: Serving Our Members Past, Present and Future.” The stories were to describe how local co-ops remember and honor their community building traditions reaching “beyond the wires” to improve lives across their service areas, while also providing safe, reliable, affordable electricity.Marttala said she was sitting outside thinking about what to write when she looked up and saw a squirrel running across a power line.“I saw him and thought, squirrel!

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