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3 Surry students to represent SYEMC in summer programs

DOBSON – Three rising seniors in Surry County will represent Surry-Yadkin Electric Member Corporation as delegates to two youth programs this summer.

Kaesi Blythe of Mount Airy, Surry Central High School, and Jay Mitchell of Pilot Mountain, and Surry Early College High School were selected as SYEMC delegates for the NC Youth Tour to Washington, DC. In addition to this trip, they will also be eligible for a $500 renewable college scholarship for the school of their choice.

Applicants were to complete an application consisting of personal questions, an essay question on the collaborative business model and an oral presentation of the essay. Applications are reviewed and voted on anonymously by a variety of employees.

Casey and Jay gave oral presentations of their essays during a Zoom judging event attended by SYEMC staff and three judges—Paul Mott, government affairs specialist for the North Carolina Electric Cooperatives; Emily Neal, Executive Director of the North Carolina Cooperative Council; and Travis Fry, director of programs and events at the Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce. They both put in strong and impressive performances, and we are honored that they will represent SYEMC on this journey.

During their trip, they will attend a leadership conference, tour national museums and sites, meet elected officials at the US Capitol, and make new friends from all over the country. They will have the opportunity to exchange pins with each of the other delegates from different states, with the goal of trying to get as many different pins as possible.

They will also be eligible to apply for scholarships awarded through NC Electric Cooperatives.

Dobson’s Jordan Lewis, a student at Surry Early College High School, was runner-up on the NC Youth Tour. The Co-op will attend NC Leadership Camp this summer at Camp Monroe in Laurel Hill.

The camp features interactive workshops and presentations, outdoor entertainment, leadership development, team building activities, and small group sessions with a focus on how cooperatives work. They will make lasting friendships with students from all over the state.

Students will learn what cooperatives are and how they work. They will have the opportunity to form their own T-shirt cooperative, including electing a board of directors and a director. By attending this camp, they are eligible to apply for the Jim Graham $1,000 Undergraduate Scholarship, which they can apply for in their final year of high school.

For any student interested in participating in one of these excursions, eligible for the junior year of high school, visit the company’s website at syemc.com.

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