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and par­tic­i­pate in lead­er­ship ex­pe­ri­ences all while mak­ing new friends from across the state and the na­tion.

“These stu­dents rep­re­sent the fu­ture of ac­com­plished, in­volved lead­ers in our com­mu­ni­ties and state,” said Sparks. “Teens on the tour are chal­lenged to con­sider the part they play in govern­ment and the co­op­er­a­tive move­ment, to be­come en­gaged cit­i­zens and to learn about ca­reers in pub­lic ser­vice.”

NGEMC’s three del­e­gates were cho­sen through a rig­or­ous ap­pli­ca­tion and in­ter­view process that con­sid­ered lead­er­ship ex­pe­ri­ence, aca­demic ex­cel­lence and com­mu­nity in­volve­ment. Also se­lected were Erin Nel­son, of Dal­ton High School in Whit­field County and Sydney Rogers, of Her­itage High School in Ca­toosa County.

The three grad­u­at­ing se­niors will be among 112 stu­dents from across the state that will gather in At­lanta to kick off the tour, spend­ing time get­ting to know each other be­fore de­part­ing for Wash­ing­ton D.C. When the Ge­or­gia Youth Tour del­e­ga­tion ar­rives in D.C., they will join more than 1,800 other youth rep­re­sent­ing co­op­er­a­tives across the na­tion.

“Wash­ing­ton Youth Tour was a chance to ex­pe­ri­ence D.C., while build­ing friend­ships that last well af­ter the trip,” said 2017 NGEMC del­e­gate, Pier­son Brown. “We met with con­gress­men, saw the Se­nate pass sanc­tions, toured mu­se­ums and saw all of the sights in such a short time, but what I re­mem­ber most are the peo­ple I met. I loved ev­ery long bus ride, flight and tour, not be­cause of where we were but be­cause of the peo­ple who were with me.”

Since 1965, the Wash­ing­ton Youth Tour has given 3,000 stu­dents in Ge­or­gia and more than 50,000 stu­dents na­tion­wide the op­por­tu­nity to take part in this mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence. The pro­gram was ini­tially im­ple­mented at the re­quest of Pres­i­dent Lyn­don John­son to “send young­sters to the na­tion’s cap­i­tal where they can ac­tu­ally see what the flag stands for and rep­re­sents.”

NGEMC is a con­sumer-owned electric co­op­er­a­tive serv­ing mem­bers in Ca­toosa, Chat­tooga, Floyd, Gor­don, Mur­ray Walker and Whit­field coun­ties. To learn more about ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties like WYT, visit

Emily Wil­banks

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