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Washington Youth Tour

Sumter EMC is proud to continue its 38-year sponsorship of the Washington Youth Tour (WYT). The WYT is a week long, all-expense-paid trip to our nation’s capital and is Georgia’s oldest leadership program for teens. The Tour is designed to help students develop their leadership skills and learn the history of the rural electrification program. This year Anna Kate Ivey and Tyler Joyner, both juniors at Southland Academy, are Sumter EMC’s 2019 WYT delegates.

Sumter EMC's 2019 Washington Youth Tour delegateAnna Kate Ivey is an honor student at Southland Academy. She cites math as her favorite academic subject, and her most inspiring teacher is her math teacher, Nichole Hoffman.

         Anna Kate’s true passion is music. Her future plans include pursuing a degree in music education with the goal of becoming a band director or music teacher. She is a 4-year member and current Band Captain of the school’s All-Select Honor Band and an All-Select Honor Chorus member for 2 years.

        In addition to her music activities, Anna Kate participates on the school’s soccer team and is a member of the Spanish club, the Math Team and the Trio for Literary Team, which took first place in the GISA Region Albany State Literary Competition; Anna Kate won second place in the competition in the girl’s solo category. Her hobbies include playing the saxophone, piano or guitar and singing. She also enjoys drawing, painting and her church’s Youth Group activities.

        Anna Kate is the daughter of Sumter EMC members, Todd and Kasey Ivey, and has an older brother, Ellis. Her family attends Central Baptist Church.  Anna Kate is thankful to be attending the WYT and hopes to sharpen her leadership skills and gain new relationships that will help her achieve her music career goals.


Tyler Joyner, the son of Sumter EMC members, Jeremy and Laura Joyner, is also an honor student at Southland Academy. He is the current Vice President of the Student Government Association (SGA), and served as Treasurer and Secretary in his freshman and sophomore years, respectively. In his role with the SGA he serves as the face of the student body and helps bring about change by working with school administrators to resolve student complaints.

      When Tyler isn’t fulfilling his duties for the SGA, he participates on the school’s football team. Football is Tyler’s favorite sport because the teamwork involved allows him to work and really strengthen his friendships with team mates. Another favorite activity for Tyler is reading. He credits his teacher, Mrs. Jeter, with sparking his love of reading during the summer before he entered the 7th grade when she had the class read interesting fiction novels. Tyler’s future plans include attending a university of his choice within the state of Georgia and perhaps following in his father and grandfather’s footsteps by pursing a degree in the medical field.

            Tyler said he is honored to represent Sumter EMC on the WYT and looks forward to being among other teen leaders, improving his leadership skills and making new friends.

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