By Michael Williams
Alexis Hall from Sevier County was one of two Tennesseans selected to attend the 2014 National Institute on Cooperative Education Conference. Alex Crockett from Fentress County was selected as the other Tennessee representative. The conference was held at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, July 26-30.
The conference is designed to provide a deeper understanding of cooperatives to the youth attending. Participants gain an understanding of how cooperatives differ from other business forms and heard cooperative success stories in both the agricultural and non-agricultural sectors. In a team setting, attendees served as managers of a simulated cooperative store, competing with other stores in their market area for sales and profit.
Hall was selected for this honor as result of being the state alternate in Level II leadership competition at Tennessee 4-H Congress earlier this spring; Alex is the 2014 State 4-H Council president. The trip is sponsored by the Tennessee Council of Cooperatives.