Georgia Magazine - September 2012 - (Page 34A)

On tour with tomorrow’s leaders The trip lasted a week, but its impact will endure a lifetime. When 105 high school students, representing 38 Georgia electric membership cooperatives (EMCs), embarked on the 2012 Washington Youth Tour (WYT) June 14-21, not only did they join 1,500 other young leaders from 44 states, but they became part of a tradition spanning nearly 50 years. Kicking off the week with a tour of FDR’s Little White House in Warm Springs, delegates then flew to the nation’s capital, where they visited sites like the new Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial, Mount Vernon, Smithsonian museums, Supreme Court and the Newseum. Other landmarks helped them connect with struggles from our country’s past, as well as leaders who shaped history. Delegates recount being moved by tours of the Holocaust Museum and Arlington National Cemetery. They enjoyed once-in-a-lifetime experiences like participating in wreath-laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and a cruise on the Potomac River. Delegates picked up leadership lessons along the way, and they had the opportunity to meet Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Hope Martin, of Isakson and six U.S. House members from Rebecca, and Zach Georgia. By all accounts, the experience Danforth, of Eastexpanded delegates’ horizons. man, were chosen as Prospective parstatewide delegates to ticipants can learn more represent Georgia EMC about the Youth Tour proon the 2012 Washington gram at www.youthtour. Youth Tour. coop. Videos are posted at georgiaemcyouthtour. Kaitlin Spivey, an Alma-based Satilla REMC delegate, was chosen by her peers to be the Georgia representative on the 2012-2013 NRECA Youth Leadership Council. Here, she poses in the Smithsonian Museum’s Sculpture Garden. T LOUIS TONSMERE / PHOTO ILLUSTRATION STEVE JACOBS Top photo: From left, Jessica Hundly and Sarah Harris (both GreyStone Power delegates) pause near the Tidal Basin and the Jefferson Memorial during an evening tour. Middle photo: Delegates stop beside a fountain in the Smithsonian National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. Lower photo: U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss shares a laugh with delegates during their meeting on the steps of the Capitol. September 2012 More online at BYRON MCCOMBS 34A DANIEL PECK STUDIOS BYRON MCCOMBS BYRON MCCOMBS The 2012 Washington Youth Tour

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia Magazine - September 2012

Georgia Magazine - September 2012
Picture This?
Georgia News
Liberty Notes
Calendar of Events
Georgia's Energy Outlook
Dedicated to duty
Resolved, for good
The 2012 Washington Youth Tour
Focusing on the future
Around Georgia
My Georgia
Georgia Gardens
Georgia Cooks

Georgia Magazine - September 2012