Youth Leadership Summit attended by 2 area students
Posted: Friday, April 12, 2013 6:00 pm
The Messenger 04.12.13
Skylar Britt of South Fulton High School and Morgan Jenkins of Crockett County High School were sponsored by Gibson Electric Membership Corp. to attend the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association’s 2013 Youth Leadership Summit recently in downtown Nashville.
Britt and Miss Jenkins were among 46 high school juniors representing the state’s 23 electric cooperatives who attended the annual event.
“The Youth Leadership Summit teaches these exceptional students how important electric cooperatives are to Tennessee’s communities and provides them an opportunity to see the legislative process in the Capitol,” said Todd Blocker, TECA director of member relations. “Local electric co-ops, school officials and guidance counselors chose these deserving students to attend the summit based on their interests in government and strong leadership abilities.”
“Morgan and Skylar are fine examples of the future leaders we’re raising in our local communities,” said Gibson EMC communications specialist Jenni Lynn Rachels.
“These students will soon be our community leaders and electric cooperative member-owners,” Gibson EMC President and CEO Dan Rodamaker said. “We invest in their Youth Leadership Summit participation because it is important for them to see how their state government operates and understand that Gibson EMC is their electric cooperative. Many are surprised to learn that local farmers formed Gibson EMC back in 1936 so they could receive electricity and improve their quality of life.
“Our grass-roots history and our business structure — not-for-profit, member-owned and member-controlled — have served northwest Tennesseans well for over 76 years,” he added.
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