While April showers bring May flowers, June will bring a deserving Upson-Lee High School student, Grace Wolverton, a unique summer experience that will last many seasons. Specifically, Grace was selected to attend the 2014 Washington Youth Tour, a fully paid leadership trip sponsored by 38 of the Electric Membership Corporations in Georgia, including Upson EMC.
Grace is the daughter of Andy and Andrea Wolverton of Thomaston, 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.
Grace 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 Youth Tour participants from 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 Brooke Parrott with Upson EMC, the 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 Parrott.
“With tours of museums, memorials and monuments, the trip provides a history lesson that can’t be learned from any textbook or classroom in Georgia.”
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.”
Upson EMC is a consumer-owned cooperative providing electricity and related services to 6,823 consumers in Crawford, Meriwether, pike, Talbot, Taylor and Upson counties.