Pollock, Mendoza selected for FPU's leadership seminar

Abigayle Pollock and Bobby Joe Mendoza will represent Fayetteville Public Utilities (FPU) and Lincoln County at the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association’s (TECA) 2015 Youth Leadership Summit March 16-18 in Nashville, TN.

Pollock and Mendoza, both juniors at Lincoln County High School, were selected to attend the Summit based on their leadership abilities and interest in the legislative process. They were selected from among the many applications received from the three local high schools.

Each year 46 high school juniors representing the state’s 23 rural electric systems attend the annual leadership event.

“The Youth Leadership Summit teaches students how important locally-owned and -operated electric systems, like Fayetteville Public Utilities, are to Tennessee’s communities and provides them an opportunity to see the legislative process while visiting our state capital,” says FPU’s CEO and General Manager Britt Dye. “FPU is pleased to provide motivated students like Abigayle and Bobby Joe with this opportunity.”  

The Summit agenda includes leadership-development activities and informational presentations relating to the electric cooperative industry. During the Summit, students learn about real-life, day-to-day issues that electric systems face and about the challenges of meeting the growing needs of our customers while controlling costs.

Participants will tour the Tennessee State Capitol, learn about the state legislative process and visit with state senators and representatives. They will gain additional team building and leadership skills while visiting a Nashville-area YMCA facility and hear from the reigning Miss Tennessee and a spokesperson for the Tennessee Executive Protection Detail who will share their perspectives on hard work, leadership and dedication.

“These students gain a wealth of knowledge and experience at the Youth Leadership Summit that will help them become better leaders in their schools and in their communities,” says Dye. “They come away from the Summit with a deeper understanding of what rural electric systems, like FPU, are all about and how we serve our communities, not only as their electric providers, but by working with local and state government and industrial leaders to help our rural communities grow.”

Abigayle is the daughter of Philip and Dana Pollock, and Bobby Joe is the son of Dennis and Jackie Casey.

The annual Youth Leadership Summit is sponsored by TECA, FPU and 22 other Tennessee electric cooperatives.2015 YLS participants


Britt Dye, FPU’s CEO and general manager (left) congratulates Abigayle Pollock and Bobby Joe Mendoza for being selected to attend the 2015 Youth Leadership Summit in March.