Woodruff Electric Announces Virtual Youth Experience 2021 Winners 

Gracen Hylle, a junior at Wynne High School, and Andretti Shears, Jr., a junior at Central High School, will be participating in the 2021 Arkansas Virtual Youth Experience in June, according to Michael Swan, President/CEO of Woodruff Electric Cooperative.

Swan announced that Gracen and Andretti were the winners of an essay-writing contest to determine the local cooperative’s representatives on the Virtual Youth Experience. “This is an outstanding opportunity for these two students,” Swan said. “They will hear from numerous government leaders, non-profit agencies and have an opportunity to complete a public service project.”

The virtual experience will be held on June 18, 21st-25th on a video conferencing platform and will include presentations, “icebreaker” activities, learning about non-profit agencies, cooperative 101 and local public service projects. Students will also have the opportunity, to complete a public service project that they plan and organize, which can be submitted for a chance to win a $5,000 scholarship.  Gracen and Andretti will also be awarded laptops for their participation in the event.

Each of Arkansas’ 17 electric distribution cooperatives will select representatives for the Youth Tour, primarily through essay contests, speech contests and interviews.





It is with deep regret that we announce the decision made by the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, including Woodruff Electric Cooperative, not to participate in the 2021 Youth Tour Trip. Normally we would be sending two high school junior students to Washington, D.C. in June. After careful discussion and deliberation on the risks and potential issues and concerns associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, it was decided to cancel the trip for 2021.