The Youth Tour sponsored by the Florida Electric Cooperatives of Florida and Talquin Electric is an event that seems to get better every year. Bright, talented high school juniors from all over the state descend in February upon Florida’s capital and prove that the leaders of tomorrow are nothing short of spectacular!
Sixteen of these rising young leaders from Gadsden, Leon, Liberty and Wakulla Counties were selected to participate in the Talquin Electric Youth Tour. They were selected based on scores for academics, leadership, public speaking skills and volunteer service in their schools and communities.
Four students were selected from this elite group to represent Talquin at the 2017 NRECA National Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. this summer. The national delegates were Emilee Straughn, Zachary Karpinski, Christie Salters, and Melanie Clark .
These delegates traveled to Washington D.C. this summer where they joined about 1,500 students from all over the United States. They learned about the unique cooperative business model and our democratic government while visiting historic landmarks during the tour.
Students must have a close relative who is a Talquin Member in order to compete and must currently be a high school junior in the Talquin service area.
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Youth Leadership Council (YLC)
Each July, the cooperative community’s brightest youth representatives gather in Washington, DC for the annual Youth Leadership Conference. Each youth is chosen to represent his or her state on the Youth Leadership Council (YLC) by his or her state delegation during the NRECA Youth Tour in Washington, D.C.
The purpose of the YLC conference is to build leadership and public speaking skills, and to enhance the delegates’ knowledge of the energy industry and the cooperative form of business. These students will also make presentations at their statewide and local cooperative annual meetings.
The six students from Talquin listed below represented the entire state of Florida while serving one year on the Youth Leadership Council.
- Ninetta Violante: Maclay
- Tolu Olorunnipa: Florida High
- Brennen Webb: Robert F. Munroe
- Steven Roberts: Chiles High
- Chelsea Watson: Maclay
- LaCrai Mitchell: Amos P. Godby High School