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Washington Youth Tour

Sumter EMC's 2018 Washington Youth Tour delegateSumter EMC is proud to have sponsored Senal McCain and Richard Sims from Chattahoochee County High School for the 2018 Washington Youth Tour. The Youth Tour is a weeklong leadership trip to D.C. for exemplary students made possible by local electric cooperatives across the state.

The Washington Youth Tour kicked off with a banquet in Atlanta on June 7 before 113 delegates and 16 adults traveled to Washington D.C. There the EMC delegates from Georgia joined 1,800 other ambitious students from around the nation as they all experienced America’s history, met with our elected officials, toured historical sites, and built friendships.

This trip offers high school students a unique opportunity to gain leadership skills while learning about some of the most talented leaders in American history. The learning experience on the Youth Tour differs from the classroom as students not only grow in academic understanding, but they also develop people and “soft” skills.

According to Greg Crowder, Vice President of Marketing and Administration with Sumter EMC, this trip challenges students and gives them a greater appreciation for how our nation began and the ability to evaluate the role that they play in improving it.

The Washington Youth Tour has been remembered as “the trip of a lifetime” by many alumni and is not to be missed by any student seeking leadership opportunities and what makes our country function. During this eventful week the delegates visited Mount Vernon, the National Archives, the Smithsonian Museums, the Washington National Cathedral, the U.S. Capitol, the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial and U.S. Air Force Memorial, the Library of Congress and Arlington National Cemetery. The group also took a guided tour of the MLK, FDR, Jefferson and WWII memorials. In addition, the students enjoyed a performance of “Newsies” at Toby’s Dinner Theatre and a riverboat cruise with delegates from other states.

Not only did the students see our nation’s capital, but they also heard from U.S. representatives and met Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson. Finally, at All-States Youth Day, a program sponsored by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, students were brought together from all over the nation to hear from public figures and other featured speakers. This day allowed students to see the impact of electric cooperatives on their communities back home.

The Washington Youth Tour has made a way for more than 50,000 students from rural areas across the country to experience our nation’s capital. This trip has had lasting effects on students as many have gone on to serve in local and state government and at the national level as well.

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