Gray and Jeans to attend Youth Leadership Summit 2010

Two Lincoln County High School students, Hannah Gray and Matthew Jeans, have been selected to attend the 2010 Youth Leadership Summit in Nashville, TN, March 15 - 17.  The Youth Leadership Summit is sponsored annually by the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association and Tennessee's power distributors including Fayetteville Public Utilities.

This two and one-half day seminar educates young leaders about our state government and hometown electric cooperatives, enhances leadership abilities and gives attendees 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 2009 Miss Tennessee Stefanie Wittler, Tennessee Titan's 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 Pat Marsh and George Fraley.

Gray and Jeans will also 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 "Mission in Control." 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 also 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.

For added entertainment, the Summit includes a Predator's hockey game, pizza party and ice cream social.

Hannah Gray is the daughter of Michael and Kim Gray; Matthew Jeans is the son of Vickie and Jim Gault and Robert Jeans.

Fayetteville Public Utilities' Myron Parks will attend the Summit as an adult leader for the Lincoln County students.

 YLS 2010

In the photo (from left) are Keith Gill, LCHS assistant principal, Myron Parks, Fayetteville Public Utilities, Matthew Jeans, Hannah Gray, Doris Bentley, LCHS guidance counselor, and Britt Dye, Fayetteville Public Utilities CEO/General Manager.