Georgia Magazine - January 2023 - 22D

Rebecca Stone Beasley, 2004
Emma Beasley, 2022
Like mother, like daughter
R
ebecca Stone Beasley knew that her
daughter, Emma Beasley, couldn't miss
out on the annual Washington Youth Tour (WYT)
experience.
Rebecca, a 2004 WYT delegate sponsored by
Coastal Electric Cooperative and a 2005 graduate
of Liberty County High School in Hinesville,
learned about the opportunity from her guidance
counselor.
" I wasn't well-traveled, but I was very social, "
she recalls. " Our guidance counselor thought it
was something I'd be interested in, and I was. "
It was the fi rst time Rebecca had ever fl own.
" It was just such a diverse experience with
the activities we were engaged with, the people
we got to meet, the politicians we got to engage
with and even some of the girls that I went with, "
she says. " I'm still friends with them all these
years later, and every time someone shares the
Georgia Magazine cover from that year on
Facebook, we tag each other. "
Her favorite experience during the visit in
2004 was seeing the U.S. Holocaust Memorial
Museum.
" It really was the most impactful thing I
remember from the whole trip, " she says. " And
that shaped my interest in that time period today.
I read a lot of historical books from that time
period now, because it was just so interesting. "
When the opportunity arose for Emma to
apply for the Washington Youth Tour, her mother
urged her to do so.
" I defi nitely knew that once she saw what all
the trip entailed, she'd be interested in it on her
own, " Rebecca says. " Th e work that goes into
putting this together is tremendous, and you develop
such an appreciation for the people at your
local EMC and within the statewide program. It's
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a lot of work and eff ort, and it's an experience that you'll remember for
a lifetime. "
Emma, who is a senior at Liberty County High, says she remembers
her mother talking about the WYT ever since she was a little girl.
" It was something I heard about several times in my childhood, "
she says. " So, when my junior year came around, she kept telling me
to fi gure out when the application was due. My media specialist at my
school sent me the link for it, and I thought it was really cool. "
Today, Emma is grateful for her mom's infl uence in participating in
the Youth Tour.
And her favorite part of the trip?
" I really liked Mount Vernon, " Emma says. " I thought it was very
cool to see where George Washington lived. Th at was also the day that
my friend group on the trip formed. I got a lot closer with people that
day, and we traveled through all of Mount Vernon together. "
Emma also enjoyed meeting the U.S. representatives and senators.
" It was really cool to get to see those politicians without the media
aspect of it-just being able to talk to them and interact with them
without any extra distractions and seeing who they are. Th eir
individuality was pretty cool, and we got to see them as an actual
human rather than just a fi gure you see on TV. "
Emma's advice to students interested in participating in the WYT
in coming years is simple: " Embrace your diff erence. "
" You're going to meet all diff erent kinds of people, but just having
an open mind and wanting to be welcoming and kind to everyone is
super important, " she says.
2023 Washington Youth Tour
The 2023 Washington Youth Tour is scheduled for June 15-22.
This all-expenses-paid, eight-day event will feature visits to, and
tours of, some of the United States' most iconic and historic venues,
such as George Washington's Mount Vernon, National Museum of Art,
Arlington National Cemetery and Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Contact your local EMC to learn how to apply.

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