Meredith Lawley (top photo), a junior at St. James High School and Kaitlyn Brown (bottom photo), a junior at Scholars Academy and have been selected as representatives of Horry Electric Cooperative for the 2012 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour, scheduled for June 16-20.
Lawley and Brown competed against other high school juniors from across Horry County for the chance to take part in the five-day, expense-paid trip. A quiz and personal interview were part of the selection process.
The two Horry Electric representatives will not be alone on their journey to our nation’s capital. They’ll be traveling from South Carolina to Washington with about forty-six other students chosen as representatives of their hometown electric cooperatives in South Carolina, plus several chaperones.
“When the South Carolina delegation arrives in Washington, they’ll be joined by the delegations from all the other states that take part in the program,” says Toni Gore, coördinator of the Youth Tour competition for Horry Electric. ”The grand total, not counting chaperones, is usually around 1,500 students.”
“Horry Electric sponsors the tour as part of our commitment to the young people in our service area,” says James P. ‘Pat’ Howle, executive vice president and CEO of Horry Electric. “We do it to educate high school juniors about American history and government and about the history and business principles of electric cooperatives.”
Horry Electric’s local competition for student representatives is held in March each year. “Information packets are distributed to Horry County schools by the first week in January and the application deadline is typically mid-February,” says Gore. Study materials are sent to nominated students well in advance of the date scheduled for the process of selecting the two students. “Students can start asking their guidance counselors about the availability of applications after January 2,” says Gore, adding that grade point averages and class rank are not a factor in a student being considered for nomination.