SUPPLY, N.C. (February 14, 2019) – Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC) has selected two high school students to participate in the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. in June. Representing Brunswick County will be North Brunswick High School junior Bailey Cameron Smith, daughter of Jerry and Barretta Smith of Leland. Representing Columbus County will be East Columbus High School junior Treasure Sierra Spaulding, daughter of Robert and Josephine Spaulding of Clarkton.
“This is a valuable opportunity for students to see government in action, to meet with policy makers in our nation’s capital, and to learn how cooperatives work,” said Josh Winslow, General Manager and CEO of BEMC. “There are also college scholarship contests associated with participating in the Youth Tour. It’s a great program all around, and we’re proud to be a part of it.”
Bailey and Treasure will join 1,800 peers from across the United States for a week-long adventure where they will meet their Congressional Representatives and Senators and tour historic sites and museums. They will also establish a mini-cooperative during the week, gaining valuable insight into the cooperative business model and how it works.
Established in the 1950s, the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour has sent nearly 50,000 high school students from rural areas and small towns across America to Washington, D.C. for a week in June every year. While student groups are organized at the state level, they all come together for Youth Day where they get to meet each other and hear featured speakers who provide insight to the important roles electric cooperatives play in their communities.
BEMC is a locally owned and operated not-for-profit corporation. It is the second largest electric cooperative in North Carolina and serves approximately 96,000 member locations in Brunswick, Columbus, and parts of Bladen and Robeson counties. Founded in 1939, BEMC has a longstanding commitment to the communities it serves, providing support for a wide variety of activities that contribute to the quality of life for all citizens.