Art across the ages
YEC knows supporting young artists’ creativity encourages critical thinking, problem-solving and innovation, while also helping them learn resilience, adaptability and the ability to approach challenges with optimism. These skills and qualities are essential in all aspects of life, but most importantly, in ensuring we have a resilient and vibrant community for years to come. We’re more than just your power provider; we are local people looking out for you and building a better quality of life for everyone. Here are the stories of three young students who are this year’s art competition winners and the future’s creative leaders.
Creativity runs in the family
The winner of YEC’s second annual Cooperative Principles Art Competition for high school students ages 15-18 is young artist Madison Olson of York. Tasked with making an artwork that represents one of the seven cooperative principles, Olson turned simple balls of yarn into a beautiful, crocheted sculpture capturing the principle “Concern for Community.”
In her piece, Olson aimed to show how YEC cares about our diverse membership. She adds, “The heart in the middle represents all the love that York Electric puts into our community.”
Not only did Olson perfect her concept, but she continued her family’s tradition of winning, as her brother, Cameron, won YEC’s coloring contest 7 years ago! As her prize, Olson won $300 and the chance to have her work proudly displayed in our Oscar Sadler Meeting Room for an entire year.
Coloring for safety
Young student artist Savana Berger of Clover is the winner of the 2023 Linemen Gear Up for Safety Coloring Contest for students ages 6-7. Berger enjoys drawing in school and making art at home.
“She had so much fun coloring and even stayed up past her bedtime to finish,” Berger’s mom shares. As the winner, Berger received $50 and a YEC hardhat, signed by all of our dedicated linemen.
From marker to magnet
Fort Mill middle school student artist Diya Dholiya shows YEC what the power of community means to her. During art class, Dholiya used her marker skills to create the winning design for York Electric’s third annual Co-op Magnet Design Challenge for middle school students ages 11-14.
As a budding artist and dedicated student, Dholiya shares, “I wanted to use what I have learned in school about electricity to create a design that made sense.” Using images of batteries, wires and lightbulbs in her final piece, it is clear she did just that. As this year’s winner, Dholiya won $100 and the chance to have her artwork shown on all YEC vehicles until June 2024.