2020 Children’s Book Challenge Winner

Fort Mill fifth-grader wins 2020 Children’s Book Challenge

When Wind Meets Windmill, by Carolyn Zheng, was selected as the statewide winner of the 2020 Children’s Book Challenge, sponsored by EnlightenSC—an educational initiative of the state’s independent, consumer-owned electric cooperatives. The competition challenges fourth- and fifth-grade students to write and illustrate stories that focus on the impact of electricity their lives, communities and the state.

Zheng, a fifth-grader, was surprised during a live video conference on April 14. She is a student at Gold Hill Elementary School in Fort Mill where she is taught by Michelle Borror. In addition to being surprised as the statewide winner, Zheng also learned she was receiving a $500 cash prize for her work.

“The judges were impressed with the quality of both the story and illustrations Carolyn created for her book,” said Porter Gable of York Electric Cooperative. “She’s a gifted artist and writer at a young age and electric co-ops are pleased to be able to recognize and reward her work.”

Zheng’s book was selected as a regional winner by her local co-op, York Electric. She was one of eight regional finalists from across the state. Her book will be published and distributed to elementary schools throughout the state.

South Carolina’s electric cooperatives have been committed to powering rural communities since 1938. This concern for communities, and the future of our youth, has carried forward to today. By inspiring students to learn more about energy in our state, S.C.’s electric co-ops hope to spark a passion for critical thinking in the minds of tomorrow’s leaders.

Click here to view the surprise announcement!