Local students set sights on leadership trip

by | May 7, 2014 11:11 am

 Altamaha EMC recently selected three area high school students for the 2014 Washington Youth Tour leadership trip. Cassidy Curry, Maiyah Hudson and Cheyenne Willhite will represent Altamaha EMC on the all-expenses-paid trip sponsored by 38 of the electric membership corporations in Georgia.

   As Georgia’s oldest leadership program for teens, the Washington Youth Tour is designed to teach students about U.S. history, the role of democracy, the importance of community and public service, and the need for civic leadership and service.

   Altamaha EMC’s delegates will be among 109 Georgia high school students during the event set for June 12-19 beginning with stops in Georgia then moving to historic sites and other events in Washington D.C. 

   While in D.C., the Georgia delegation will join nearly 1,600 Washington Youth Tour participants from electric co-ops across the country, providing yet another significant benefit of the trip: the opportunity to meet and learn from a diverse group of peers representing nearly every state.

   According to Tammye Vaughn with Altamaha EMC, the Washington Youth Tour is an opportunity for exceptional students to personally interact with members of Georgia’s congressional delegation and visit landmarks in Georgia and the nation’s capital. 

   Making the pilgrimage to D.C., with an emphasis on the nation’s rich heritage, is something many adults, and certainly high school-aged kids, never experience,” says Vaughn. “With tours of museums, memorials and monuments, the trip provides a history lesson that can’t be learned from a textbook or classroom.”

   Cassidy Curry is the daughter of Marc and Kerry Curry of Swainsboro. She is a junior at David Emanuel Academy where she is a member of Beta Club, 1550 club, the literary team and one-act play crew. Curry is a cheerleader, plays basketball and is a member of the track team. Her future plans include attending college and obtaining a law degree.

   Cheyenne Willhite is a senior at Montgomery County High School. She is the daughter of Kelly and Dusty Willhite of Vidalia. Willhite is a member of the cross country and track teams. She participates in FCCLA, FCA and Beta club. She is a graduate of Toombs-Montgomery Youth Leadership and is currently participating in the MRMC Youth Advisory Board. She plans to obtain a degree in mortuary science and then attend Western Carolina to obtain a doctorate in psychology.

   A senior at Treutlen High School, Maiyah Hudson is the daughter of Travis and Sandra Hudson of Soperton. A member of FBLA, FCCLA, Math club, Science club and Beta club, Hudson was also this year’s STAR student and the Wendy’s High School Heisman award winner for Treutlen High School. She plays on the varsity soccer team. Hudson will attend the University of Georgia in the fall to begin her pursuit of a degree in Counseling Psychology.

   The trip includes historic attractions such as the Little White House in Warm Springs, and D.C. sites such as the Smithsonian Museums, Holocaust Museum, Mount Vernon, Supreme Court, Capitol, Washington Monument, and the FDR, Jefferson, World War II, and Lincoln memorials. 

   The Washington 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.”

   Altamaha EMC is a member-owned cooperative providing electricity and related services to over 19,000 members in Toombs, Montgomery, Treutlen, Emanuel, Laurens, Johnson and Tattnall counties.


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