During 2020, in the midst of the pandemic, Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative honored 10 young leaders who have given their time, knowledge and talents to better their communities. With nominations from our members, we honored youth who have gone beyond what is expected to improve the quality of life in the communities served by SVEC.
In January, the entire SVEC membership was given the opportunity to vote on the overall winner among the Rising Star honorees. More than 3,800 votes were cast for the 10 nominees with South Pittsburg High School graduate
Spence Tipton voted our overall winner. As the winner, a $1,000 grant was donated in his honor to the organization of his choice — South Pittsburg Boy Scout Troop No. 63. Tipton chose the troop because the organization gave him so many ways to develop his leader-ship skills and challenge his abilities by getting out of his “comfort zone.” One of the opportunities that helped develop these skills was the camping program. Scoutmaster Chris Potts said the donation will provide assistance to scouts with financial needs so they can attend camping trips.
Tipton, whose goal is to pursue a degree in constitutional law, thanks everyone who voted for him to receive this honor and for the donation that will help others reach their goals.
SVEC thanks all those who took time to vote and nominate the outstanding youth who inspire them. But most of all, we thank all the young leaders in our service area who are already taking action to make our communities the best they can be. They are our future community, state and even national leaders. SVEC is happy we were able to honor a few of them.
Congratulations, Spencer, and thank you for your service to our communities. We look forward to celebrating your future accomplishments.