Local Student Receives National Honor


[VONORE] – Aaron Lay, a senior at Sequoyah High School, was recently selected as the national spokesperson for the Washington Youth Tour. Sponsored locally by Fort Loudoun Electric Cooperative and other rural electric cooperatives across the United States, the Youth Tour brings thousands of high school seniors to the nation’s capital each summer to learn about public policy, rural issues and cooperatives.

 Earlier this summer, more than 1,800 delegates from across the country, including Lay and three other students from Fort Loudoun Electric Cooperative, participated in the 2017 Washington Youth Tour. Lay was selected by Tennessee delegates as a statewide spokesperson and later as national spokesperson.

 “We are celebrating this great accomplishment with Aaron,” says Jarrod Brackett, CEO of Fort Loudoun Electric Cooperative. “This is a great reminder that rural Tennessee students are second to none. We know that Aaron will be a great representative of our state and our co-op.”

 Lay will address some 8,000 attendees of the 2018 National Rural Electric Cooperative Association annual meeting in Nashville to share his experiences from the Youth Tour.

 “We are excited about Aaron’s selection as national spokesperson for the Youth Tour,” says David Callis, executive vice president and general manager of the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association. “He stood out on Youth Tour as a leader among leaders, and we are excited to see how he uses his talents to tell the story of rural Tennessee.”

 Aaron is the son of Butch and Lisa Lay of Madisonville.

 Fort Loudoun Electric Cooperative is a consumer-owned, not-for-profit electric utility that serves more than 32,000 members in Blount, Loudon and Monroe counties. Learn more at

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