April 21, 2021

We Have a Winner! IECRM’s Merrit Zollars Wins IEC National Apprentice Essay Contest

IECRM fourth-year student, Merritt Zollars from APCO Electric, has won the Grand Prize in the IEC National Apprentice Essay Contest. He will receive a $250 Visa® gift card.

His winning entry answered this question: How has becoming an electrician changed or influenced your life and where do you see this career path taking you?

“…It has become an insatiable part of my life that gets me up early and motivates me to learn and be better. As an electrician, I can proudly provide for my family, contribute to my community, and play my part in our great country. This is the biggest influence that becoming an electrician has had in my life…”

Each year, IEC seeks short stories from apprentices in their final year of an IEC Apprentice Training Program. This contest highlights the remarkable men and women training at IEC and allows for individuals to share their thoughts, experiences, and personal testimonials about their time within the electrical trade. 

The IEC Apprentice Essay Contest allows for our contractor members, chapters, industry partners, and other audiences to hear directly from the future journeymen electricians who are entering the field.

Congratulations, Merritt. You make us proud!