Two San Juan Islanders represent OPALCO at the 2022 Co-op Youth Rally

Posted July 21, 2022 at 11:41 am by

The OPALCO delegation at the state capital in Idaho, with Satchel Bourne, McKenna Clark, August Moore and Valeria Villareal — Contributed photo

OPALCO sends along an update about one of their edu­ca­tion initiatives.

More than 65 stu­dents rep­re­sent­ing elec­tric co-ops from Alas­ka to Neva­da attend­ed the 2022 Co-op Youth Ral­ly at the Col­lege of Ida­ho in Cald­well from July 11 through 16. The week-long event is a lead­er­ship camp and schol­ar­ship pro­gram for rur­al elec­tric coop­er­a­tives and pub­lic utilities.

Four high school stu­dents from the San Juan Islands rep­re­sent­ed OPALCO, includ­ing McKen­na Clark and Satchel Bourne from Fri­day Har­bor High School, and August Moore and Vale­ria Vil­lare­al Orcas Island High School. Luke Finch­er of Fri­day Har­bor was accept­ed into the pro­gram but was unable to attend at the last minute.

The stu­dents had busy week of learn­ing, lead­er­ship devel­op­ment, team­build­ing, and sum­mer camp fun. They took part in class­es about the elec­tric indus­try, gov­er­nance struc­tures, busi­ness chal­lenges, renew­able and elec­tri­cal gen­er­a­tion, as well as lead­er­ship activ­i­ties and the oppor­tu­ni­ty to make con­nec­tions with peers through­out the region. Each stu­dent also received $1,000 from OPALCO to put toward their post-high school education.

OPALCO’s Nour­dine Jensen Coop­er­a­tive Youth Schol­ar­ship Pro­gram is sup­port­ed by the fam­i­ly of Nour­dine Jensen, a long-time OPALCO board mem­ber who was com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing the youth of our island com­mu­ni­ties in learn­ing about pub­lic pow­er and pro­vid­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties to explore out­side of San Juan Coun­ty. Nour­dine Jensen served on the OPALCO board for 37 years, from 1965 to 2008.

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