Savage and Amber Gibson of Central High School of Clay County were winners in this year’s competition. First Assembly Christian School student Zachary Hurst was the runner-up in the competition.
The winners of the competition receive two all-expense paid trips, where they will meet students from around the state and around the nation while learning about the power industry, their government and their country.
The first trip is to Alabama’s state capital, Montgomery, for three days. The second is a six-day trip to Washington, D.C., where the winners will represent CVEC and the state of Alabama. Students will meet Youth Tour competition winners from cooperatives from across the United States.
“Coosa Valley Electric has several programs focused on education,” said Leland Fuller, CVEC general manager. “The Youth Tour Competition is one that requires students to invest time and attention and learn about electric cooperatives and the power industry. We hope what they have learned will stay with them into the future as they start their careers and families.”
Sixteen students from the various area high schools in the CVEC service area participated in this year’s competition. The students had already competed against their classmates by writing an essay about rural electrical cooperatives and were selected as the winning participants from each school.
Wednesday’s competition began at CVEC with a written test designed to determine the students’ knowledge of the cooperative philosophy and the rural electric system movement in the United States.
Students were individually interviewed by a panel of electric cooperative experts who further analyzed the student’s goals for the future as well as knowledge about cooperatives and current world events.
Each student was graded on their essay, interview and test.
Grades were averaged and a runner up and two winners announced.
The runner-up was named in the event one of the winners cannot participate in either of the trips.
Coosa Valley Electric, which serves nearly 17,000 consumers in Talladega, St. Clair, Shelby, Clay, Etowah and Calhoun counties, is a Touchstone Energy® cooperative. Nationwide, some 1,000 cooperatives provide power to rural America, and more than 700 of those are members of the Touchstone Energy®alliance.