IEC Announces 2019 Apprentice Essay Contest Winners

This year the Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) held its 11th annual Apprentice Essay Contest and received more than 75 submissions.

IEC Central Ohio, AEC-IEC had another strong showing this year as did Central Pennsylvania IEC. Apprentices from Mid-South IEC and IEC Kentucky & Southern Indiana also submitted winning essays.

This year proved to be a tight race: only four points separated the grand prize winner from first place and only two points separated first and second places.

Winners of the 2019 Apprentice Essay Contest are:

  • Grand Prize: Cory Rinehart, IEC Central Ohio, AEC-IEC, Denier Electric
  • First Place: Josh Davenport, Mid-South IEC, Power Source Electric
  • Second Place: Benjamin Rider, Central Pennsylvania IEC, Lobar, Inc.
  • Third Place: Andrew Beal, IEC Central Ohio, AEC-IEC, Triec Electric Services
  • Fourth Places: Ken Lonneman, IEC Kentucky & Southern Indiana, Excel Services, Inc.
  • and Alex Trombley, Central Pennsylvania IEC, ASCOM, Inc.

Grand prize winner Cory Rhinehart’s essay described one of his first experiences on a jobsite. In his essay he wrote, “What I learned from this one jobsite was more useful than the last six years of work I had done before. I felt satisfied knowing I enjoyed the experience while I was learning from it.”

“Running the essay contest is a favorite part of my job,” said Director of Curriculum Development Chrissy Skudera. “I learn so much about our apprentices through their essays. Their stories show me how hard IEC chapters work to propel their apprentices into an exciting industry as successful and competent electricians.”

The contest was open to all IEC fourth-year apprentices. Entries were judged on originality, creativity, quality of work, and sincerity.

The grand prize winner will receive a $250 Visa® gift card. Each runner up will receive a $100 Visa® gift card. Each winner’s essay will be published in Insights magazine and on