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Area youth to be recognized for community involvement

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By The Staff

INDIANAPOLIS — Emily Davis of rural Tell City will be honored for her outstanding community service as one of the winners of the inaugural Youth Power and Hope Awards Contest.

Electric Consumer, the state-wide publication of Indiana's electric cooperatives, sponsored the contest that was open to Indiana fifth- through eighth-graders residing in the service territory of an electric cooperative and emphasizes the important role young Hoosiers play in their communities.

Entrants had to complete an entry form, submit an essay regarding community service, provide examples of how they have been involved in their local community and include a letter of reference. A panel of judges then selected five award winners.

Davis, the daughter of Tim and Darlene Davis, is a seventh-grader at Perry Central Jr.-Sr. High School. She has been active in Relay for Life, 4-H and FFA. Davis serves as student council secretary at her school, where she has planted trees for Earth Day, organized a penny war for playground equipment, helped collect supplies for students overseas and planned a walk-athon to purchase books for classroom libraries.

A lover of animals, Davis has been very active with a local animal shelter by collecting needed items for the shelter, working on its landscaping, tending to the shelter's pets and creating posters of animals that needed loving homes.

She is also vice president of her youth group at church where she has delivered fruit baskets to shut-ins, helped with summer Bible school, and sang to nursing-home residents. She has also helped raise funds for a local walking trail. Her parents are members of Southern Indiana Power.

On Dec. 17, the award recipients will meet Indiana's own Miss America 2009, Katie Stam, whose personal platform is community service. The students will attend a private luncheon with her in Indianapolis and be special guests at a presentation by Stam at the Indiana Statewide Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives' 75th Annual Meeting Dec. 17, among other highlights. Their entry essays are also published in Electric Consumer's December issue.

"Electric Consumer, representing Indiana's electric cooperatives, was overwhelmed to receive such excellent entries from Hoosier youth and is proud to recognize these five individuals who have made a positive impact on their communities," said Bruce Graham, CEO of the Indiana Statewide Association of Rural Electric Co-operatives.

Electric Consumer, based in Indianapolis, is distributed to nearly 250,000 electric cooperative member-owners throughout Indiana. It is published by the Indiana Statewide Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives.

For more information, go to www.electricconsumer. org.

The Indiana Statewide Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives represents 39 electric cooperatives that serve 89 of the state's 92 counties.

For more information on the co-op and its members, visit www.indremcs.org.