Youth Leadership Summit

Tanner Charles of Cherokee High School and Allison Wilson of Volunteer High School were selected to attend the 2014 Youth Leadership Summit sponsored by the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association, Holston Electric Cooperative and other Tennessee electric cooperatives.

The summit was held March 24-26 in Nashville at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel.

This two and one-half day seminar educated young leaders about our state government and hometown electric cooperatives and rural electric systems, enhanced leadership abilities, and gave them an opportunity to meet our state legislators on Capitol Hill.

Highlights of the seminar included a tour of the State Capitol and an opportunity to listen to House and Senate Committee meetings at Legislative Plaza. The summit also included special leadership development presentations from the reigning Miss Tennessee, Tennessee Titans cheerleaders and others. The group spent a day at the Nashville YMCA learning teamwork, problem-solving and enhancing their leadership skills.

While visiting Capitol Hill, the group met with state representative, Mike Harrison.

Charles and Wilson also learned from electric cooperative employees the importance of having a hometown, locally-owned and operated electric utility in their community. Employees led a learning session entitled   “W.A.V.E. game.” They also helped the group organize their own electric cooperative and watched as the youth discussed how they would best handle real-life, difficult situations facing cooperatives today.

Students also competed in the long-time favorite of the Youth Leadership Summit – the Energy Battle – where the youth contended in a fun and educational debate-style game of knowledge.

Charles and Wilson are both juniors in High School. Charles is the son of Broderick and Earlleen Wilson of Rogersville.  Wilson is the daughter of Chris Wilson of Rogersville and Bridget Isenberg of Surgoinsville.


From Left: Allison Wilson and Tanner Charles