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Washington Youth Tour

Kahria Hadley, Sumter EMC's 2016 Washington Youth Tour delegateGarrett Botkin and Ronny Tucker, both honor students at Lee County High School, represented Sumter EMC on the 2017 Washington Youth Tour (Youth Tour).  Sumter EMC sponsors the Youth Tour—a week long, all-expense-paid trip to our nation’s capital—to help students develop leadership skills and learn the history of the rural electrification program. 

Garrett's favorite subject is science, and within the discipline of science, his favorite fields of study include physics and chemistry. Following high school he wants to pursue an aerospace engineering degree at Georgia Tech, with the ultimate goal of a career designing and building airplanes. Garrett is the youngest of three children of Sumter EMC members, Chuck and Cheryl Botkin, and his family is active in the First Baptist Church of Leesburg, where Garrett helps with sound and video for the Church’s Youth Program.

Ronny's favorite subject is math, and his plans following high school graduation include attending Westpoint or the Naval Academy and pursuing a military career. He is the grandson of Sumter EMC members, Charles and Sandra Slack. His family attends the First Baptist Church of Leesburg where Ronny serves as a Sunday School teacher to 3rd - 5th grade boys and as a member of the Youth Leadership group. 

Garrett and Ronny joined 113 other Georgia high school students participating in the June 8-15 event. The Youth Tour included stops in Georgia before moving to historic sites and other events in Washington D.C. 

The Youth Tour was inspired by former president Lyndon Johnson who, in 1965, encouraged electric cooperatives “to send youngsters to the nation’s capital where they can actually see what the flag stands for and represents.”  Click here for more about Garrett's and Ronny's trip.



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