Youth Leadership

Magnolia Electric Power, in an effort to better acquaint the future leaders of our communities with the cooperative philosophy, participates with all other electric cooperatives in Mississippi in a youthstatewide Youth Leadership Program. Our Youth Leadership Program is comprised of two components, a trip to Jackson generally in February or March and a week-long trip to Washington D.C. in June. The Youth Leadership Program is designed to provide participants with an opportunity to sharpen their leadership skills while learning about electric cooperatives and how they operate.

The Youth Leadership Program is offered to 11th grade juniors. We have 15 area high schools in or near our service area. Counselors at each of the 15 high schools are contacted each year in the fall and asked to send the best representative from their school who lives on Magnolia Electric Power power lines. 11th grade home-educated students are also encouraged to apply for the program.

The nominees come to Magnolia Electric Power on a set date to participate in Cooperative University. The nominee will then compete in a 10-minute interview session with a panel of out-of-town judges on the next day. The judges will select the top two applicants for the award.

Youth Leadership Workshop

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Generally taken in February/March, students selected to participate in the Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi Youth Program will attend a three-day workshop in Jackson. The program focuses on developing leadership skills of high school students who have demonstrated a desire to be quality leaders among today’s young people. Participants possess talents that make them natural leaders. It is the focus of this program to enhance these talents and provide advanced skills to help them as they prepare to be tomorrow’s leaders. The students will also be given the opportunity to tour the State Capitol and meet with their state legislators.

    • For more information, please contact your school counselor or Lucy Shell, Magnolia Electric Power Member Services Director at 601-684-4011.

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Washington, D.C. Youth Tour

Taken generally in June, students selected to represent Magnolia Electric Power will travel with the Mississippi delegation to Washington, D.C., and join more than 1,800 high school juniors from across the nation for the Rural Electric Youth Tour. During the week they learn about cooperatives, rural electrification, the city and our national government. Want to learn more about Youth Tour?

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Magnolia Electric Power Association Past Youth Tour Winners

2004

Erin Johnson, Enterprise Attendance Center

Derrick Carr, Salem Attendance Center

2005

Jasmine Jackson, Amite County Schools

Rachel Blair, Brookhaven High School

2006

Virginia Thomas, Tylertown High School

Kristen Burnette, Parklane Academy

2007

Cameron Jenkins, Brookhaven High School

Taylor Stringer, Parklane Academy

Brandi Breeland, Dexter High School

2008

Margaret Ann Morgan, McComb High School

Drew Pierce, Pine High School

Blaine Myers, Bogue Chitto High School

2009

Nesha Toney, Tylertown High School

Kandi Wallace, Franklin County High School

Joseph Scott, Brookhaven High School

2010

Troy Allred, West Lincoln High School

Will Boyd, Lawrence County High School

Chandler Parker, Parklane Academy

2011

Brianna Johnson, South Pike High School

Garrett Rushing, West Lincoln High School

Jessica “Lizzy” Carr, Brookhaven High School

2012

Caroleah Brister, Enterprise High School

Chase Stogner, North Pike High School

Sydney Stogner, Salem High School

2013

Carlee Welch-Dick, North Pike High School

Garrett Smith, Brookhaven Academy

Ben Stroud, Brookhaven High School

2014

Brittany McGuire, Franklin County High School

Mitch Fortenberry, Dexter High School

2015

Alexcia Carr, North Pike High School

Brooke Myers, Bogue Chitto High School

Brooke Wells, Home-Educated

2016

Missy Clanton, Brookhaven Academy

Haven Johnson, Lawrence County High School

Lizzie Mooney, Home-Educated

2017

Konnor Battle, Lawrence County High School

Precious Thompson, South Pike High School

Nicholas Brumfield, West Lincoln High School

Abby Griffin, Franklin County High School