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PEC names Youth Tour winners

Fort Dale Academy’s Emiley Wells and Lowndes Academy’s Beverly (Millie) Motes were selected as two of four high school students to represent Pioneer Electric Cooperative in the 2015 Alabama Youth Tour.

PEC welcomed 14 high school juniors to participate in Pioneer’s Youth Tour Day last Friday. Students came from Central High School, FDA, Georgiana High School, Lowndes Academy, McKenzie High School, Morgan Academy and Selma high school competed for the four spots to attend the state’s youth tour in Montgomery this spring.

The other two students selected were Harrison Adams of Morgan Academy and Aderick Moore of Selma High School. Lindsey Gibson of Fort Dale Academy and Janice Jackson of Selma High School were selected as alternates.

“Pioneer is thrilled at this year’s level of participation in our Youth Tour program,” said PEC Executive Vice President and General Manager Terry Moseley. “This is an impressive group of students and I have no doubt that any of them could represent Pioneer Electric very well in Montgomery. The judges have a tough job in selecting finalists.”

Throughout the day, students were given the opportunity to participate in activities designed to expand and test their knowledge of electric cooperatives. Various Pioneer Electric employees made presentations throughout the day Moseley presented a certificate to each student.

Three outside judges conducted interviews and combined scores from a graded application and a written examination about electric cooperatives to calculate each applicant’s final score.

“ I am very excited to see these students represent Pioneer Electric at the 2015 Youth Tour,” said Communications Specialist and Youth Tour Director Casey Rogers. “Our finalists also represent a various parts of our coverage territory and I am thrilled that Pioneer is once again giving students the opportunity to participate in the program.”

The four finalists will attend the Alabama Youth Tour on March 10-12, 2015 and two finalists will be selected to further represent Pioneer Electric at the National Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. this June.

Current Vice President of Membership and former Youth Tour Director Linda Horn is also thrilled that Pioneer is once again sponsoring the program.

“The National Youth Tour instills cooperative principles in our future leaders that will benefit cooperatives and aspiring young people, while giving them a glimpse of our government in action,” said Horn.

For more information about Pioneer’s Youth Tour program or other programs available at Pioneer Electric Cooperative, contact Rogers at 334-382-4904 or by email at crogers@pioneerelectric.com.