IEC Announces Apprentice Essay Contest Winners

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - April 13, 2018 - (

This year IEC sponsored its 10th annual Apprentice Essay Contest and received more than 70 submissions.

IEC Central Ohio, AEC-IEC apprentices had a strong showing this year, winning grand prize along with second and third places. Joyce Fischmann of IEC Central Ohio AEC-IEC is the first female apprentice to win the grand prize in the contest's history.

Winners of the 2018 Apprentice Essay Contest are:

  • Grand Prize: Joyce Fischmann, IEC Central Ohio, AEC-IEC
  • First Place: Jose Garcia, IEC San Antonio
  • Second Place: Scott McCallum, IEC Central Ohio, AEC-IEC
  • Third Place: Curtis Payne, IEC Central Ohio, AEC-IEC
  • Fourth Place: Jonathan Harrell, IEC Southern Colorado

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

For more information on the essay contest, please contact Chrissy Skudera, Director of Curriculum Development, Independent Electrical Contractors, at 703-650-0057.

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