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Editorial

The future is bright

By Michael Callahan

Michael Callahan
Michael Callahan,
Executive Vice President/CEO
EPAs of Mississippi

I’m here to tell you that our future is in good hands.

I say that because, here at the Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi, we recently got a glimpse of some potential future leaders up close.

Our annual ECM Youth Leadership Workshop returned in 2022 following a year that we had to skip the program because of COVID-19.

From March 2 to March 4, 66 high school juniors from all over Mississippi gathered in Jackson to participate in team-building exercises, meet their legislators, tour the state Capitol, and hear words of encouragement from governmental leaders and motivational speakers.

The students, who represented and were sponsored by their electric cooperatives, were chosen for the workshop with assistance from high school guidance counselors and a selection process involving the cooperative community.

The juniors also earned an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. in June for a six-day tour to meet other student leaders from all over the country, to watch leaders in a national setting, and to see the sites in the U.S. Capitol.

Right now, it’s unclear how exactly our 66 students will apply the lessons learned at the workshop. Some might choose a career in public service; others may start businesses, while others might just use their leadership skills to give back to their local communities.

However they choose to utilize their special skills, Mississippi will be better off in the years to come because of their contributions.

These sons and daughters of Mississippi will work hard to ensure a bright future for our state.

This month’s magazine also celebrates linemen — the first responders of the electric cooperatives.

April 11 is National Lineworkers Appreciation Day.

Whether restoring power after a major storm or maintaining critical infrastructure to our electric system, lineworkers truly are the heart of everything we do.

Please join me April 11 to thank our lineworkers. If you are on social media, use #thankalineworker to show your support for these men and women who power our lives. 

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