Carroll Electric Membership Cooperative (EMC) selected Anna Ayers, Jackson Burns and Shyann Woods of Central High School as delegates for this year’s Washington Youth Tour (WYT). Students will travel to Washington, D.C., for a weeklong, leadership trip in June.
Applications for WYT were accepted late January through February for students ages 16 and older attending high school in the cooperative’s service territory or whose primary residence receives power from Carroll EMC. Graduating seniors, Ayers and Burns, accompanied by rising junior, Woods, were surprised with the announcement of their selection after completing the online application and participating in panel interviews earlier this month.
“This is the first time all three delegates have been selected from one school,” said Ryan Sammon, Community Relations Specialist for Carroll EMC. “These students are very deserving of this trip, and I cannot wait for them to experience Washington, D.C.”
WYT is the state’s oldest youth leadership program and annually brings more than 1,000 student delegates from Georgia’s electric cooperatives to the nation’s capital. Coordinated by the co-op’s statewide organization, Georgia EMC, for more than 50 years, it is a well-organized and fast-paced trip packed with activities. The program is designed to give students a taste of democracy in action, expose them to the nation’s rich history through visits to national monuments and museums, and encourage students to become politically aware citizens.
This year’s trip takes place June16 through June 23.