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 www.ngemc.com.