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OREMC Announces 2023 Youth Award Winners

May 9th, 2023

Okefenoke REMC recently held its 30th annual Youth Awards Banquet at The Barn at Cottonwood Ranch in Callahan, Florida, to announce its 2023 OREMC Scholarship winners and the two students selected as delegates for the OREMC Youth Tour.

Students residing in one of the eight counties OREMC serves—Brantley, Camden, Charlton, Glynn, Ware and Wayne counties in Georgia, and Baker and Nassau counties in Florida were eligible to apply for the 10 scholarships of $2,000 each.  Scholarships were awarded to students accepted to a college or technical school and based on their autobiographical sketch, academic achievement, extra-curricular and community service activities, letters of recommendation and financial need. Their awards bring OREMC’s total scholarships to more than $300,000.

This year’s winners are: Morgan Ruis, Baker County High School; Julianna Pittman, Brantley County High School; Emmalyn Siclare and Alexis Staklinski, Camden County High School; Emilee Zetmeir, Charlton County High School; Kathleen Walsh, College of William & Mary; Bailey Thomas, Florida School for the Deaf & Blind; Alexis Alberson and Ryan Walsh, Glynn Academy; and Gannon Kassab, Hilliard Middle-Senior High School.

Walter Harrison Scholarship Finalist  

From the OREMC Scholarship winners, one student—Julianna Pittman, Brantley County High School— was selected as a finalist for the Walter Harrison Scholarship, which is funded and awarded by the Georgia Electric Membership Corporation. The scholarship is named in honor of Walter Harrison, a pioneer in the rural electricity movement and a leader at the local, state and national levels in the electric cooperative program. Selected students must be accepted at and planning to attend a college or technical school in Georgia.

Two Delegates Selected for the OREMC Youth Tour

OREMC has selected two students as 2023 Youth Tour delegates: Taryn Fenwick, Glynn Academy, and Jadyn Harris, Georgia Connections Academy. They will join delegates from Georgia’s 38 other electric membership cooperatives for an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., in June for the Youth Tour Leadership Experience. The trip will begin with teambuilding in Atlanta before heading to Washington where they will meet with elected officials and be immersed in monuments, museums, memorials and more.

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