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Douglas County Students Selected for GreyStone Power Washington Youth Tour
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Friday, April 28, 2017
Elizabeth Blevins with Ashley Kinnard from GreyStone Power
Elizabeth Blevins with Ashley Kinnard from GreyStone Power
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Two students in Douglas County have been selected to take part in the 52nd annual Washington Youth Tour. Elizabeth Blevins from Alexander High School and Kristin Pirkle from Chapel Hill High School, along with three students from Paulding, will enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime leadership experience. The trip is provided to outstanding high school students through the generosity of electric membership cooperatives (EMCs) in Georgia, including GreyStone Power.

The all-expenses-paid week of learning and developing leadership skills is also an outstanding way to view the nation’s monuments, see the nation’s capital and meet government leaders. Over the years, many students who experienced the trip have chosen careers in government service as a result of the tour. 

According to Ashley Kinnard, youth tour coordinator with GreyStone Power, being chosen for the trip is a great honor. Candidates vie for a spot alongside other teens who are community volunteers, student athletes, and members of respected academic organizations such as Beta Club, National Honor Society, Governor’s Honors Program, Student Council, Key Club, Debate Club, and Future Business Leaders of America, among other notable clubs and associations. 

“Seven outstanding students are selected by each of our participating high schools to compete for GreyStone’s Washington Youth Tour,” explains Kinnard. “They are given materials to study regarding rural electrification and GreyStone Power specifically. They complete a test, and the five earning the highest scores win the trip,” she adds. 

According to Kinnard, 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 8-15, will expose students to the fast-paced world of politics, leadership and agenda-setting.  

Participating EMCs and former 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. 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 youth tour delegation will convene with more than 1,700 youth representing cooperatives across the nation. They will 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 unique 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.”  

GreyStone Power is a member-owned cooperative providing electricity and related services to 120,000 members in eight counties west of Atlanta.