Leadership Conference & Scholarship Winner Announced

Landry George portraitHeartland is pleased to announce that Landry George, a junior at Pleasanton High School, was selected for a $500 scholarship and an all-expenses-paid trip to the Kansas Electric Youth Leadership Conference to be held June 5 to 8 in Topeka.

Landry, who is the daughter of Patrick and Crystal George of rural Pleasanton, will receive her scholarship at the high school’s awards ceremony on May 11.

All high school sophomores and juniors living in homes served by Heartland were eligible to apply. George was selected due to her outstanding academic and extracurricular experience, as well as a strong letter of recommendation from teacher Keith Smith.

“After 46 years, she is, by far, one of my top 10 students of all time,” Smith wrote. “I think two qualities that stand out most in my view are her naturally strong leadership abilities, coupled with her intense compassion for others.”

The KEY Leadership Conference in June, which is being organized by Kansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc., will provide new opportunities for George to develop her leadership skills and network with other exceptional students from across the state. The speaker lineup includes:

  • Sen. Jerry Moran (invited)
  • Reps. Steven Johnson and Kyle Hoffman (invited)
  • Dan Meers, KC Chiefs Wolf
  • Molly McPherson, crisis communication and PR expert
  • David Carter, Director of the Kansas Energy Program
  • Donna Bayless and Sharon Winter, Right Lane – Driving in a Distracted World
  • Laura Vogel, NRECA – Cooperatives 101 and Co-op Advocacy: How to have your voice heard
  • Malachi Sturlin, NRECA – Financial Planning
  • Brayden Schmidt, Kansas representative to the 2020 Youth Leadership Council
  • Slater Heglin, youth tour alumnus – Making Your Bed and Other Life Skills

George and her fellow participants will also tour the Brown vs. Board of Education National Historical Site, FreeState Electric Cooperative, and the Kansas State Capitol.