SMECO newsletter

volume 66 - issue 8 - August 2016

Three local students join the 2016 Youth Tour in D.C.

From left: Megan Mattei, Isaiah Nance, and Bradley Basden with chaperones Natalie Cotton and Cherlie Herbert.

In early June, SMECO joined other cooperatives from around the nation at the 2016 Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. with three local high school students from our service territory. SMECO chaperones Natalie Cotton and Charlie Herbert took Bradley Basden from Thomas Stone High School, Megan Mattei from Leonardtown High School, and Isaiah Nance from Gwynn Park High School to the Youth Tour.

The goal of the Youth Tour is to help students learn more about the United States government in action during their week-long study tour of the nation’s capital. Students met members of congress and were able to attend workshops on the roles that cooperatives play in communities and an electric co-op opportunity fair.

During Youth Tour, one student from each state is selected to represent their state on the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Youth Leadership Council (YLC). The selected delegates return to Washington, D.C. in July for a leadership workshop that focuses on the electric cooperative industry.

The YLC conference seeks to build attendees' leadership and public speaking skills while also enhancing their knowledge of the energy industry and the cooperative business model.

Bradley Basden, Isaiah Nance, and Megan Mattei touring Washington, D.C.

SMECO’s student, Megan Mattei, was selected as Maryland’s delegate for the 2016 YLC. After Megan attends the YLC conference, she will test her polished public speaking skills at SMECO’s annual meeting on August 23. In spring 2017, she will also attend the NRECA’s annual meeting with the other delegates, where they will participate in every facet of the meeting, which includes the resolutions process and helping members communicate with their legislators.

Approximately 1,700 students and chaperones representing 43 states attended the Youth Tour for its 52nd year.

Megan Mattei was selected to represent Maryland in the 2016 Youth Leadership Council.