The winner of a local essay writing contest is on her way to Washington D.C. 

Susana Ortiz of Wickes High School will represent Southwest Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation REA in the youth tour this summer.  The trip is all expense paid and will involve approximately 1,500 youths from 38 states from June 16 through June 21.

The tour will visit the White House, U.S. Capitol, the Washington, Lincoln, and Jefferson monuments, the Vietnam Memorial, Arlington Cemetary, and other tourists sites.