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Decorative ImageDaniel Hicks of Jones County and Jenna Mullis of Putnam County have been chosen to represent Tri-County EMC on the 2018 Washington Youth Tour (WYT), an all-expense paid leadership experience sponsored by electric membership cooperatives in Georgia.

For more than 50 years, the WYT has helped promising student leaders become exceptional young adults.

 “The Youth Tour was established to inspire the next generation of leaders," said Kim Broun, WYT Coordinator at Tri-County EMC. “This year’s tour offers opportunities for students to meet policy makers, tour historic monuments and participate in leadership experiences all while making new friends from across the state and the nation.”   

Teens on the tour are challenged to consider the part they play in government and the cooperative movement, to become engaged citizens and to learn about careers in public service.

The 112 teen-delegates will gather in Atlanta to kick off the tour, spending time getting to know each other before departing for Washington D.C.  

When the group arrives in D.C., participants tour historic locations like Mount Vernon, explore museums and monuments and meet with their elected officials to discuss the issues that are important back home. Georgia’s delegation will convene with more than 1,800 youth representing cooperatives across the nation and have the opportunity to 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 memorable 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.” 

About Jenna Mullis:
Jenna is a sophomore at Putnam County High School in Eatonton. She is a member of the Beta Club, Anchor Club, National Honors Society and HOSA. She was also named Superintendent Student of the Month. She is an active member of Eatonton First United Methodist CHurch where she participates in Operation Christmas Child. She plans to become an orthodontist. 

About Daniel Hicks:
Daniel is a sophomore at Jones County High School in Gray. He is a member of the Beta Club, Soccer Team, Wrestling Team, is an Eagle Scout and volunteers as a math tutor. Daniel recently organized a 5K Fundraiser to benefit the Heart of Georgia Humane Society and enjoys volunteering for community service projects. He plans to become a genetic engineer. 

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