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Edwards and Geiger Named Habersham EMC Delegates for Washington Youth Tour

Posted: May 1, 2019
Sarah Edwards

Sarah Edwards and Chris Geiger, both of Sautee, have been selected to represent Habersham EMC on the 54th annual Washington Youth Tour (WYT). This once-in-a-lifetime leadership experience is made possible through the generosity of electric membership cooperatives in Georgia.

Sarah and Chris, students at Tallulah Falls School, were carefully selected through an application process that included a test and interview. According to Nicole Dover with Habersham EMC, it is an honor to be chosen for the WYT.

The Youth Tour was established to inspire the next generation of leaders. This year’s tour, which takes place June 13-20, will expose students to the fast-paced world of politics and leadership. Former delegates and participating EMCs agree the WYT is an invaluable program that gives young adults an experience that will stay with them the rest of their lives.

Chris Geiger

“I learned that no matter how young I am, my voice matters,” noted a former delegate.

Delegates will explore government on a local and national level, gathering in Atlanta before departing for Washington, D.C. While visiting our nation’s capital, they will meet with their elected officials to discuss and learn about issues that are important locally.

The Georgia delegation will join more than 1,700 youth representing cooperatives across the nation. The students will have the opportunity to exchange ideas and views about local and national issues with peers from other states.

Since 1965, the Washington Youth Tour has given more than 3,000 students from Georgia and more than 50,000 nationwide the opportunity to take part in this unique experience. As a U.S. senator in 1957, President Lyndon Johnson initially requested the program to “send youngsters to the nation’s capital, where they can actually see what the flag stands for and represents.”