LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT WILL SPEND
TIME SURROUNDED BY THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST
“The Washington Youth Tour was one of the most unforgettable weeks of my life.
Everything I learned will help me become a successful leader,”
As noted by a 2015 Washington Youth Tour Delegate
(Thomaston, 03/28/16) Upson county resident, Sam McDaniel, has been chosen to receive Upson EMC’s 2016 Hubert Hancock Leadership Award and to participate in the 51st annual Washington Youth Tour, an all-expense paid leadership experience sponsored by electric membership cooperatives in Georgia, including Upson EMC.
According to EMC leaders and past participants, to be chosen for the trip is a real honor, particularly since candidates vie for a spot alongside other teens across the state who are community volunteers, student athletes, and members of respected academic organizations.
The Youth Tour was established with one thought in mind – to inspire the next generation of leaders. This year’s tour, which takes place June 9-16, exposes students to the fast-paced world of politics, leadership and agenda-setting.
Each year the teens are challenged to consider the part they play in government and the cooperative movement, to become involved citizens and to consider careers in public service.
“These students represent the next generation of educated, engaged citizen leaders in our communities and country,” says Brooke Parrott with Upson EMC.
“It’s important for them, especially at this critical age, to experience the nation’s capital, to see monuments and memorials honoring those who made sacrifices so that we can live and worship in a free society, and introduce them to students who share similar hopes and dreams but also come from a variety of backgrounds and different parts of the state and country.”
Sam was one of the six finalists selected by his peers in the Youth Leadership Upson class. The finalists went through a rigorous one on one interview process with out of town judges.
EMC leaders and former student delegates agree the Youth Tour has grown into an invaluable program that gives young Americans an experience that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. The teen-delegates will explore government on a local and national level, gathering in Atlanta before departing for Washington D.C.
When the group arrives in D.C., participants will have a unique opportunity to meet with their elected officials and discuss the issues that are important back home. Georgia’s delegation will convene with more than 1,700 youth representing cooperatives across the nation and have the opportunity to mingle with peers from other states and exchange views concerning local and national issues.
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 once-in-a-lifetime 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.”
Upson EMC is a consumer-owned cooperative providing electricity and related services to 6,785 members in Crawford, Meriwether, Pike, Talbot, Taylor and Upson counties.