Crowell attends Leadership Summit

Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Photos Submitted Cornersville High School's Jacob Crowell is shown with DREMC's Ann Throneberry after being named as a Youth Leadership Summit participant.

Jacob Crowell of Cornersville High School was among 44 high school juniors from across the state who attended the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association's annual Youth Leadership Summit March 12-14 in downtown Nashville.

Crowell is the son of Joey and Michelle Crowell of Cornersville.

"Local electric cooperatives chose these outstanding students based on their interest in government and their leadership abilities," said Joe Jackson, TECA director of youth and member relations.

"The annual summit gives students an opportunity to learn about electric cooperatives and how they affect their lives," Jackson said of the students representing 22 of Tennessee's electric cooperatives. "It also gives them an opportunity to see, in person, the legislative process in the Tennessee Capitol."

The summit was hosted by TECA and funded in part by the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation, a not-for-profit cooperative financing institute that provides an independent source of financing to member cooperatives nationwide.

The summit kicked off Monday night, March 12, with dinner at the group's hotel, the Millennium Maxwell House. "Get-acquainted" and leadership development activities followed, led by cooperative employees and special guests, including 2006 Miss Tennessee Blaire Pancake and University of Tennessee Extension Specialist Amy Gallimore.

Tuesday morning began early with breakfast and addresses in preparation for a visit to the Legislative Plaza. Donna Morgan, administrator of the Legislative Internship Program, introduced several interns who spoke about working for legislative offices, an interesting point of view of state government coming from the students' peers. Then, TECA Director of Government and Public Affairs David Callis discussed the legislative process.

The 11th graders made their ways to the Capitol, where they got to see state government in action and pose for photos with Gov. Phil Bredesen and in front of the historic Capitol.

Following the activities on Capitol Hill, students took an afternoon city tour of Nashville. The group made only a quick stop for a pizza dinner before heading to watch a Nashville Predators hockey game. The busy day was capped off with an ice cream social back at the hotel.

Wednesday morning, the students learned more about Tennessee's electric cooperatives and the commitment these co-ops show toward the communities they serve. They battled it out in the "Energy Battle" competition, where teams answered trivia questions about electric cooperatives and the state.