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Broad River Electric sends 3 local students to D.C.

(l-r) Nicholas Gilbert, Macy Gault and Trenton Dawkins

Rising seniors participated in the Cooperative Youth Tour

Three local students recently returned from the nation’s capital following a trip sponsored by Broad River Electric Cooperative.

Macy Gault, Nicholas Gilbert, and Trenton Dawkins participated in the Electric Cooperative Washington Youth Tour from June 10 until June 15. They joined other rising seniors from across the country to learn about our government, electric cooperatives, and leadership.

All three students excel in the classroom and are active in their schools, churches and communities. Gault is a student at Gaffney High who plays tennis and is involved in mission work with her church. She is a Cherokee County Chamber Junior Ambassador and is interested in political science and law. Gilbert attends Dorman High School where he is an honor student and plays clarinet in the honors band. He is also interested in government and politics. Dawkins attends Boiling Springs High School, plays lacrosse and takes Culinary Arts at the Swofford Career Center. He is active with his church youth group and wants to be a forensic accountant.

“We are proud to have these exceptional young leaders represent our cooperative and our community,” said Terry Mallard, President and CEO of Broad River Electric. “The Cooperative Youth Tour is not just a great opportunity for these students. 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.

During the tour, delegations of students follow state-planned itineraries, which include time with their state’s Congressional delegation and visits to monuments, memorials, and museums. The students learn about government, the cooperative business model and the importance of rural electrification.

South Carolina Youth Tourists also compete for the $5,000 Robert Bennet Community Service Scholarship. The students must plan and coordinate a new service project in their community to be eligible. 

The Electric Cooperative Youth Tour has brought high school students to Washington, D.C. for a week in June every year since the late 1950s. Over 50,000 students from rural areas and small towns across America have participated in this program.

Broad River Electric Cooperative, Inc. is a non-profit, member-owned distribution cooperative providing services to more than 20,000 members in Cherokee, Spartanburg Union and Newberry counties in South Carolina and Cleveland, Polk and Rutherford counties in North Carolina in order to improve the quality of their lives.

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