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Wylliesburg Siblings Are Youth Art Contest Winners



(Chase City) Eleven-year-old Kaitlynn Love and her eight-year-old brother, Dylan, are winners in Cooperative Living magazine’s 2014 Youth Art Contest. Dylan won First Place in the Second Grade category, and Kaitlynn won Third Place in the Fifth Grade category. Kaitlynn and Dylan are the children of Sheri and Robert Love of Wylliesburg, who are members of Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative (MEC).


For the 12th-annual version of this contest, Cooperative Living magazine invited students from across Virginia in kindergarten through fifth grades to submit artwork illustrating the theme, “Here’s How I Help Other People.” The contest was announced in the February and March/April issues of the magazine and entries were due May 1. The first-, second- and third-place entries for each grade are published in full color in the July issue of the magazine, which is available online at


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Dylan, who is a rising third grader at Scottsburg Elementary School, writes to soldiers who are a long distance from home, so his picture has a patriotic theme showing a letter expressing thanks to the soldiers. Kaitlynn, who will be entering 6th grade at Halifax County Middle School, drew a picture with the caption, “Every small action has a big effect on the world.” Because she enjoys raising vegetables and giving them to people, Kaitlynn’s picture shows herself and her grandmother, “Nana,” working in the garden.


“Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative congratulates Dylan and Kaitlynn Love for their accomplishments in the Youth Art Contest,” says Deborah Blue Winn, MEC member and public relations specialist.  “This contest is one of many opportunities that cooperatives offer young people of all ages. Mecklenburg Electric has games and activities on its website for youngsters; and for adolescents, we provide informative programs and events at their schools, educational tours, and college scholarships. As the old adage says, It takes a village to raise a child; and Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative strives to take an active role in the lives of young people in the area.” For more information, visit www.meckelec.org.


More than 250 student artists entered the annual art competition, which was judged by staff at the Virginia, Maryland and Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives, publisher of Cooperative Living. “We started the Youth Art Contest more than a decade ago to encourage youthful creativity and give kids in Virginia a chance to show their art to the magazine’s 1.2 million readers,” says Bill Sherrod, Cooperative Living’s editor. “Everyone who judged the entries was impressed with both the quality and creativity of the students’ work.


Cooperative Living magazine is published for Virginia’s consumer-owned electric cooperatives and is mailed to more than 496,000 addresses across the state. It is published 10 times a year for Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative and 10 other electric cooperatives that are members of the Virginia, Maryland and Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives. For more information or to view issues online, visit www.co-opliving.com.


MEC is the not-for-profit consumer-owned energy provider to over 31,000 meters located in portions of Brunswick, Charlotte, Greensville, Halifax, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Pittsylvania, Southampton and Sussex counties. It is a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, headquartered in Chase City with district offices in Emporia, Chase City, and Gretna. This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.




This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer

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