March 2, 2021

HCHS Salutatorian receives Tenaska Scholarship

(Franklin, GA) — Tenaska Georgia Partners, L.P., owner of Tenaska Georgia Generating Station near Franklin, has awarded a $1,500 college scholarship to a deserving Heard County High School senior.

Since 2002, Tenaska Georgia Partners has presented 45 scholarships totaling $36,000 to local students.

Class of 2019 Salutatorian Mr. Mason Hudson (Photo: Nate Rosser)

Scholarship recipients must demonstrate good character, academic achievement and leadership to be recognized.

Mason Hudson, son of Debbie Hudson, of Roopville, is this year’s recipient.

During his high school career, Mason has won numerous awards and honors including participating in the dual enrollment program at the University of West Georgia, earning a Bronze Level on the National Spanish Exam, and earning Superior Placement at the West Metro Foreign Language Forum.

Additionally, Mason earned the Georgia Certificate of Merit, achieved the Distinguished Honor Roll throughout high school, and was selected as the Class of 2019 Salutatorian and PAGE STAR student.

Mason has been a member of the Marching Band for four years, a member of the Honor Society for three years, a member, president, and vice-president of the Future Business Leaders of America for four years, a member of the National Spanish Honor Society for two years, and a member of the Tri-M Music Honor society for two years.

He plans to attend Georgia Institute of Technology where he will major in computer science.

“Sharing our success is very important to our team and to Tenaska,” said Donnie Scott, plant manager at Tenaska Georgia. “Education and community mean a lot to us and we are proud to support the future of Heard County through this outstanding student.”

The annual scholarship program, managed by Omaha, Nebraska-based Tenaska, has awarded approximately $760,000 in scholarships nationwide. Roughly 885 students in communities where its facilities are located have benefited from the program since 2000.

Fueled by clean-burning natural gas, the 945-megawatt Tenaska Georgia facility produces electricity for sale to Exelon Generation Company, LLC, which markets the power in the region.

Tenaska Georgia injected approximately $2.3 million in salaries and payments to local contractors and vendors into the area economy in 2018. Employees volunteered more than 230 hours of community service, in addition to making other annual contributions.

Tenaska Georgia Partners is comprised of affiliates of Tenaska, Diamond Generating Corporation, Tyr Energy, Inc. and JERA Co., Inc.

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