Union Power Congratulates 2016 Youth Tourists

The Co-op congratulates Hannah Harvey, Brennan Halkidis, and Miles Shen, who have been chosen to represent Union Power on the 2016 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour, held June 11-17, 2016, in Washington, D.C.

Youth Tour 2016 Winners

Hannah, a junior at Weddington High, is the daughter of John and Amy Harvey. Brennan is a junior at Porter Ridge High and is the son of Bob and Stacy Halkidis. Miles, a junior at Stanly County Early College, is the son of Debora Shen. These delegates will join hundreds of other high school students from across the country on an all-expense-paid trip to the nation’s capital. 

While in our nation’s capital, students have the opportunity to meet with congressional representatives, and visit government agencies and historical sites as they learn more about government and cooperatives.

The Union Power Youth Tourists are excited about this once-in-a-lifetime educational opportunity. Hannah shares, “I lived in the D.C. area when I was younger, but I’m looking forward to getting back and exploring things in detail that I will have more appreciation for now.” Brennan says, “This will be my first trip to Washington, D.C. and I’m excited to see everything!” Miles adds, “I don’t really know what to expect. I’m sure there will be lots to do and it will all be fun!”

Visit union-power.com/youthtour/ or YouthTour.coop for more about Youth Tour. Be sure to follow NC Youth Tour on social media to keep up with the latest, especially during Youth Tour week: @NCYouthTour on Facebook.

Union Power Awards Basketball Camp Scholarships

Congratulations to three outstanding local students who areKayli Cleaver attending summer basketball camps at two of the state’s largest college campuses, thanks to the Co-op’s Touchstone Energy Sports Camp Scholarship program.


Kayli Cleaver of West Stanly Middle School will attend the Wolfpack Women’s Basketball Camp at N.C. State University June 12-15 in Raleigh. Kayli is the daughter of Jeremy and Nikki Cleaver.




Gavin Boutwell of Weddington Middle School will attend the Roy Williams Carolina Basketball Camp June 18-22 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Gavin is the son of John and Hilary Boutwell.


Luke Cain


Luke Cain of Richfield Elementary will also attend the Roy Williams Carolina Basketball Camp June 18-22 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Luke is the son of Seth and Anna Cain.


“Our Touchstone Energy Sports Camp Scholarships are competitive, and so it is a tremendous accomplishment to earn this opportunity,” said Carrie Stroud, the Co-op’s manager of communications. “Kayli, Gavin and Luke are remarkable students and community members. We are proud to offer them this chance to experience life on a college campus and learn from college coaches and student-athletes.”

Staff at both camps will work closely with each camper to develop fundamental basketball skills and practice playing hard while working cooperatively. Leading the N.C. State Wolfpack Women’s camp is head coach Wes Moore, the 2014 ESPNW Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year, his coaching team, and current and former N.C. State women’s basketball players. The Carolina camp is led by two-time NCAA national championship coach Roy Williams, his staff, and current and past Tar Heel basketball players.

Congratulations to Kayli, Gavin and Luke. Thank you to all who applied! Click here for more information about basketball camp scholarships.