GAFFNEY — A Union County High School student is one of four high school juniors from the Upstate being sent by an electric cooperative to Washington, DC to take part in a national youth event.
In a statement released Monday, Broad River Electric Cooperative announced that it will be sending four local students to the nation’s capital this June to be a part of the Electric Cooperative Washington Youth Tour.
The press release states that Jonathan Baldwin of Cowpens, Anna Hensley of Blacksburg, Zyria Rodgers of Gaffney, and Mariana Glenn-Toland of Union “are among an outstanding group of high school juniors from across the country that will converge upon D.C. June 11-16 to learn about our government, electric cooperatives, leadership and each other.” The press release further states that “all four students excel in the classroom and are active in their schools, churches and communities. An independent panel selected them after submission of applications, recommendation letters, and interviews.”
Broad River Electric President and CEO Terry Mallard described the four as “exceptional young leaders” and called the tour an opportunity to invest in the future of the nation.
“We are proud to have these exceptional young leaders represent our cooperative and our community,” Mallard said. “The Cooperative Youth Tour is not only an opportunity for these students, but it is also an opportunity for us to invest in the future of our national well-being and ensure that cooperative principles like commitment to community, education and democracy are carried on.”
The tour is coordinated by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina (ECSC). Broad River Electric is among 20 local cooperatives that select students to represent their service area as well as the entire state of South Carolina during the trip. South Carolina’s electric cooperatives have participated in the Washington Youth Tour since the 1960s.
During the tour, delegations of students follow state-planned itineraries, which include time with their state’s Congressional delegation. The students learn more about government, the cooperative form of business and the business of rural electrification.
About Broad River Electric
Broad River Electric is a member-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperative that serves members in Cherokee, Spartanburg, and Union Counties in South Carolina.
This story was submitted by Broad River Electric Cooperative.