WEST FORSYTH — A West Forsyth High School student attended a leadership program offered by Georgia Power earlier this month.
Stetson Godwin was one of 90 students from around the state who took part in Georgia Power’s EarthCare: The Leadership Challenge of the 21st Century summer program from June 8 to 13.
Held on the campus of Berry College in Rome, the weeklong program focused on leadership through environmental awareness.
The students who took part were chosen through a competitive pool of applicants.
They spent the week on the world’s largest contiguous college campus, spanning more than 27,000 acres of woodland, meadows and streams.
They were exposed to various environmental challenges through interactive workshops, tours, roundtable sessions, diversity classes and team-building exercises.
Throughout the week, students also met with Georgia Power executives and high-profile community members in the Rome area.
Bob Watson, executive director of the EarthCare program, said in a statement that the program is a great benefit for all selected to take part.
“This program allows students from all across the state to get hands-on environmental experience with business professionals, community leaders, as well as build on their own leadership skills,” Watson said.
“Georgia Power’s commitment to our future leaders and the environment is evident.”
EarthCare was open to rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors.
Students from 22 counties enrolled in some 48 high schools throughout Georgia took part. They had to complete a rigorous application process, including short essay questions and a teacher recommendation.
EarthCare began in 2008 at Berry and has been host to nearly 550 high school students. Georgia Power provides the program at no cost to all participants.