Jackson EMC believes in making an impact in the lives of local youth.
Since 1969, Jackson EMC has proudly supported local FFA and 4-H clubs. Jackson EMC's involvement in these clubs stems from our deep roots in the rural areas of Northeast Georgia and also because these groups work to instill area youth with leadership and teamwork skills. We sponsor events such as the Wiring Contest, the Quality Beef Show and the 4-H Foundation, as well as sponsoring the winner's trip to national conferences.
Jackson EMC has been involved with the Wiring Contest for more than four decades, supporting it each year at the chapter, area, district and state levels. The competition is designed to promote electrification programs for agriculture students, and it is sponsored by the electric cooperatives and FFA chapters in the state. There are three separate portions to the contest: a problem-solving multiple-choice exam, a practical wiring problem and an oral presentation.
In the first part of the competition, contestants complete a 30-item problem-solving activity within a 45-minute time limit. This portion of the contest is worth 30% of the overall score. Next, contestants complete an assigned wiring problem. Wiring materials are provided, but contestants furnish their own tools. This portion of the contest is worth 60% of the overall score. Contestants then use effective communication skills in describing actual electrical wiring tasks. All participants use the same topic and materials and props are provided. A panel of judges scores each contestant on this phase of the contest, which is worth 10% of the overall score.
Active FFA members enrolled in a high school agriculture education class in Jackson EMC’s service area are eligible to participate in area competition. The top two individuals in each area contest compete at the state meet; however, students who have already participated in the state contest are ineligible to participate in this contest again. College scholarships earned at wiring competitions can be used at any college, university or vocational-tech school in Georgia. Contact your school's FFA advisor for more information and a complete listing of rules.
2015 - 2016 FFA State Wiring Contest Winners
This year’s competition was held January 9, 2016, when high school students from the Jackson EMC service area went up against some of the best students in the state.
With a score of 83.28, Banks County High School Senior Easton Payne won second place in the State EMC/FFA Agricultural Electrification Career Development Event (CDE) at the annual event held at the State FFA-FHA Camp near Covington.
Earlier, Payne also took second place in the 2015 Area II EMC/FFA Agricultural Electrification CDE held at Jackson EMC. Area II is comprised of schools served by Jackson, Blue Ridge, Habersham, Hart, Rayle, Snapping Shoals and Walton Electric Membership Corporations (EMC’s).
“We are certainly proud of Easton for representing our EMC service territory so well in the State competition,” said Chip Jakins, president & CEO of Jackson EMC. “The FFA wiring contest is one of the most demanding, yet rewarding, FFA competitions and it teaches students the practical skill of electrical wiring combined with the life skills of problem solving and public speaking.”
Past participants of the EMC/FFA wiring contests have gone on to become electricians, farmers, home builders, veterinarians, heating and air contractors, agricultural educators, engineers and EMC employees, according to Jakins.
“No matter what occupation these winners choose, all of them have one thing in common—friendship and fond memories of the FFA program, their EMC and the EMC/FFA Career Development Event,” Jakins concluded.