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Olivia Paris of Fayetteville High School and Jake Bradford of Riverside Christian Academy have been selected to attend the 2013 Youth Leadership Summit sponsored by the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association, Fayetteville Public Utilities and other Tennessee electric cooperatives.
The summit is taking place this week, March 25-27, in Nashville at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel.
Each year, two junior class students (one boy and one girl) are chosen from each participating electric system’s service area to participate in the Youth Leadership Summit. Student applications are submitted to FPU from each local high school. Paris and Bradford were selected based on their accomplishments and leadership roles in areas that include mentoring or tutoring other students, athletic teams, school organizations, church activities and community events.
This two and one-half day seminar educates young leaders about our state government and hometown electric cooperatives and rural electric systems, enhances leadership abilities and gives them an opportunity to meet our state legislators on Capitol Hill.
Highlights of the seminar include a tour of the State Capitol and an opportunity to listen to House and Senate Committee meetings at Legislative Plaza. The summit also includes special leadership development presentations from the reigning Miss Tennessee, Tennessee Titans cheerleaders and others. The group will spend a day at the Nashville YMCA learning teamwork, problem-solving and enhancing their leadership skills.
While visiting Capitol Hill, the Lincoln County group plans to meet with state representatives.
Paris and Bradford will learn from electric cooperative employees the importance of having a hometown, locally-owned and -operated electric utility in their community. Employees lead a learning session entitled “All for One and One for All” and the “W.A.V.E. game.” They also help the group organize their own electric cooperative and watch as the youth discuss how they would best handle real-life, difficult situations facing cooperatives today.
Students will compete in the long-time favorite of the Youth Leadership Summit – the Energy Battle – where the youth compete in a fun and educational debate-style game of knowledge.
Olivia Paris is the daughter of Miki Paris. Jake Bradford is the son of Tim and Sandi Bradford.
Fayetteville Public Utilities’ Gina Warren will attend the summit as an adult advisor for the Lincoln County students.