Black River Announces 2018 Youth Tour Winners

Three outstanding high school students will represent Black River Electric Cooperative on the 2018 Washington Youth Tour, and three additional students will represent BREC at the S.C. Cooperative Youth Summit.  The judges chose Lauren Carneal, Katherine Johnson and Ethan Roberson to attend the week-long Washington event in June.  They will be traveling with close to 70 other South Carolina students to the nation’s capital where they will be joined by more than 1,500 students from across the country.  During their stay in Washington they will participate in numerous activities including visiting their Congressman, touring historical sites and learning more about electric cooperatives.

After interviewing a number of students, the judges chose Cecilia Bowman, Laura Johnson and Luke Kinney to attend the SC Cooperative Youth Summit in July in Columbia.  During this event in our capital city, students will enhance their leadership skills, hear and interact with a high-profile motivational speaker, engage in team-building exercises and learn about electric cooperatives and the co-op business model.  They will attend a private tour of the S.C. Statehouse, write, debate and pass a “bill,” and enjoy fun activities.

Black River sponsors these tours as part of its commitment to the outstanding young people in its service area.  The students not only learn about American history and government, but they also learn about the business principles of an electric cooperative. These six students were chosen from a number of extremely worthy applicants representing schools in Sumter, Clarendon, Kershaw and Lee counties.


Washington Youth Tour Winners

Lauren Carneal, a junior at Sumter High School, is a National Honor Society student and hopes to one day become a geneticist or an attorney.  Lauren is the vice president of the Key Club, a member of the drama program and is also a member of the Sumter County Teen Advisory Board.  Ranked in the top 10 of her class, she is also an International Baccalaureate student.

Katherine Johnson is a junior at Laurence Manning Academy, where she is active with the Beta Club, Political Science Club, Anchor Club, National Honor Society and the Red Cross Club.  In addition, Katherine has been an active member of the Shiloh United Methodist Youth Group, several sports teams at LMA and will serve as a Junior Marshall, making her one of the top students in her class. She hopes to one day become a chemical engineer.

Ethan Roberson is a junior at Thomas Sumter Academy and hopes to one day become a pediatric physician assistant. He is a member of the Cross Country, soccer and track teams.  Ethan is active with Young Life, and the Alice Drive Baptist youth ministry impact team, and also serves as a Sunday school teacher and Awana large group leader.


S.C. Youth Tour Winners

Cecilia Bowman is a St. Francis Xavier High School junior and hopes to one day have a career in international business and finance.  She is an extremely well-rounded top honor student, with activities ranging from cheerleading and JROTC to participating on both the track and swim teams.  She has also served as class president and is an active member of Beta Club and the National Honor Society.  In addition, Cecilia has won numerous awards for athletics, marksmanship and academics.

Laura Helen Johnson, a junior at Laurence Manning Academy, is a National Honor Society student and hopes to one day become a pediatrician.  She served as student body treasurer and first vice president and played basketball and tennis and was a member of the track team.  She is also an active member of the youth group at Concord Presbyterian Church.

Luke Kinney is a junior at Wilson Hall and hopes to one day become an officer in the United States Military. He is currently the student body vice president, the Model UN vice president, a member of the debate team, a Baron Ambassador and a National Honor Society student. In addition to being a member of the Varsity Soccer team, he is a junior Olympic qualifier in fencing, and has been recognized for fencing on both the state and national levels.

Congratulations to all of the students.  We know you will represent Black River well!

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