Laura Reaves

Laura Reaves

Three students from Chatham High School have been selected as the recipients of $1,000 scholarships awarded by Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative for excellence in both academic achievement and community involvement.

Destinee Carter, Laura Reaves and Dylan Sparks were chosen from more than 40 applicants.

During high school, Carter was a member of the National Society of High School Scholars, Interact, FBLA, WHAM, Project Discovery and BETA Club. During her spare time she has volunteered at the Pittsylvania County Public Library, God’s Pit Crew and the Salvation Army. She is a member of Riceville Missionary Baptist Church where she serves with the ushering ministry, youth choir and the youth ninistry. She has earned her Certified Nursing Assistant license and will attend Virginia Commonwealth University in the fall to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. Carter is the daughter of Adrian Badgett of Chatham.



Reaves served as an officer of JROTC during high school and participated in the drill team and color guard. She was a member of the track team, the BETA Club and Interact. She is a member of Greenpond Baptist Church’s youth group and enjoys piano, music and literature. She will attend Virginia Tech this fall where she will pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. Her plans are to become a teacher and return to Pittsylvania County after graduation. Reaves is the daughter of Billy Reaves and Renee Williams of Chatham.

During high school, Sparks was a member of the National Society of High School Scholars, the Torch and Laurel Honor Society, FCA and Drama Club and served as junior marshal. He was president of the Pittsylvania County Youth Commission, BETA Club and FBLA as well as junior class vice president. Additionally, he served as an intern for both U.S. Rep. Robert Hurt and Delegate Les Adams. Sparks plans to attend Virginia Tech in the fall to pursue a Political Science degree leading to a legal career. He is the son of Rodney and Donna Sparks of Blairs.

To be considered for the Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative Scholarship, the student’s parent or legal guardian must be a member of the cooperative, and the student must have maintained a minimum of a 3.0 GPA throughout his/her high school career. With the assistance of a scholarship committee consisting of former educators from across MEC’s service territory, the successful candidates were selected based on a combination of weighted criteria including academic achievement, school and community activities, the student’s personal statement, and recommendations from teachers and community leaders.

Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative is the not-for-profit energy provider to over 31,000 meters located in portions of the Virginia counties of Brunswick, Charlotte, Greensville, Halifax, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Pittsylvania, Southampton and Sussex and the North Carolina counties of Granville, Person, Northampton, Vance and Warren.

It is a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, headquartered in Chase City with district offices in Gretna, Emporia and Chase City.