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April 2015

Today in Mississippi


Tate, Rep. Steve Massengill and Savannah.

Providing Mississippi students lessons for building a successful future The Electric Power Associations of Mississippi held its 29th annual Youth Leadership Workshop Feb. 25-27 in downtown Jackson. Electric cooperatives from all across the state sponsored 63 of the state’s brightest high school juniors, who came together to learn vital leadership skills to guide them toward achieving their future goals. Lindsey Lott, Tate Russell and Savannah Shirley were selected from the schools in North East Electric Power Association’s service area to represent the cooperative during this hands-on leadership program. The students participated in fun and challenging team-building activities, visited with their state legislators during a breakfast before visiting the state’s Capitol, and heard encouraging speeches from motivational speakers, as well as Mississippi’s top leaders, Gov. Phil Bryant and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves. Gov. Bryant, a strong supporter of the program, spoke to the students and urged them to remain in Mississippi after college or workforce training, focusing on the remarkable opportunities that are present for Mississippians. “There are so many SPEAKERS opportunities for you in Mississippi to take on leadership roles in this state. When it comes time for you to go into the workforce, we are leading the nation in industries like automobile production and telemedicine, as well as making strides in our export Gov. Phil Bryant industy. There is a place for you to make a difference in Mississippi.” Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves also spoke to the group, reminding them that anyone can reach their goals, despite obstacles. The students were Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves

Right: Lindsey Lott was among the winners of the game challenges.

once again encouraged to “dream big,” and reminded that they have the ability to make a difference in their school and communities. While visiting the Capitol, the group was able to see government in action first hand while visiting the gallery of the Senate and were able to talk one-on-one with their legislators. The students’ critical thinking skills were put to the test during a Town Hall meeting, which allowed them to discuss pressing issues that they are facing as Savannah youth. After discussing the issues that Shirley West Union affect their daily lives, they were able to High School work together with students from other areas of the state experiencing those same issues, to develop solutions they could take back to their schools and communities. North East Power is a proud supporter of the program. “We are proud to have Lindsey, Tate and Savannah represent North East Power,” said Keith Hayward, general manager. “We believe in the investment we are making in these young students and we know they will do great things in the future.” Lindsey, Tate and Savannah will travel with the youth group to Washington, D.C. in June. The students will then have the chance to meet with Mississippi’s congressional delegation on Capitol Hill, as well as visit all of the monuments and memorials during the seven-day tour.

Tate Russell Lindsey Lott Lafayette High School

Lafayette High School


Above: Students participate in challenging team-building activities designed to enhance their leadership skills.


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