Fifty-five high school students from across the state returned to school this fall with a better understanding of how electric cooperatives are preparing for the future.
Fairfield Electric co-sponsored the Cooperative Youth Summit in July, giving local seniors Wyatt Britt, Destini Simpson, Alexis Williams and Harrison Kennedy a chance to tour renewable energy sites, meet with state government leaders, explore careers in the electric industry and take rides in all-electric vehicles. In its third year, the Cooperative Youth Summit also included a visit to Newberry Electric Cooperative’s Community Solar farm.
The students also visited the capitol complex in Columbia. There, the students were involved in a Q & A with state Rep. Micah Caskey (S.C. House Dist. 89). They learned about his background and why he wanted to be a politician.
Students also visited Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative in Lexington, learning about line work, taking bucket truck rides, observing pole-climbing demonstrations and hearing of co-op career opportunities. They partnered with S.C. WIRE (Women Involved in Rural Electrification) to fill 448 bags with personal items for homeless students as part of WIRE’s Kids’ Closet initiative. More than 11,000 S.C. students experienced homelessness last year, they learned.
The summit ended at the Marriott Courtyard, where students took rides in electric vehicles, a Tesla Model S and Model 3. Association employees explained the science behind electric vehicles.
Fairfield Electric supports programs like the Cooperative Youth Summit to demonstrate its commitment to community, one of four core values of Touchstone Energy Cooperatives such as Fairfield. Learn more about the cooperative difference at Fairfield.coop.
South Carolina's Washington Youth Tour delegates, including four students sponsored by Fairfield Electric Cooperative, had a week of touring, meeting and eating their way through the nation's capital in June.
Dalton Arndt of Spring Valley High School, Christa Priya Joby of Ridgeview High School, Sylvie Johnson of Fairfield Central High School, and Alexander Brown of Lewisville High School were among 71 South Carolina rising high school seniors on the six-day trip to Washington D.C., sponsored by their local electric cooperatives. The students were selected on the basis of their academic achievements, school activities and community service.
While in D.C., South Carolina’s Youth Tour delegation visited many of the major museums and memorials, including the 9/11 memorial, the Arlington National Cemetery, and a tour of the Smithsonian Museums. They also spent time on Capitol Hill, meeting with U.S. Senators, Tim Scott and Lindsey Graham. Some met their district’s congressman. The students were also inspired by extraordinary exhibits found in the National Museum of African American History, which opened in September 2016.