Once a year, high school students are selected by the electric cooperatives in Georgia to represent our state as delegates on the Washington Youth Tour. Cooperatives in other states also sponsor delegates, and nationally more than 1,500 students are chosen to participate in the program. GreyStone sponsors five high school juniors from our coverage area to participate in the leadership event each year. The 2017 Washington Youth Tour will be held June 8-15, 2017.
How GreyStone selects participants
Candidates are student leaders chosen by counselors and teachers from participating high schools in the Cooperative’s eight-county service area, including Alexander High School, Chapel Hill High School, Colonial Hills Christian School, Douglas County High School, East Paulding High School, Harvester Christian Academy, Hiram High School, Landmark Christian School, Lithia Springs High School, New Manchester High School, North Paulding High School, Paulding County High School, Praise Academy, South Paulding High School and Westlake High School.
Each school may nominate up to seven juniors at least 16 years of age to compete for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. GreyStone representatives will begin visiting schools in mid January with winners selected in March. The program is also open to children of GreyStone members interested in the program who excel in academics and demonstrate leadership potential.
Once selected, these students compete for the GreyStone-sponsored spots on the youth tour. After studying provided materials about GreyStone and the history of rural electrification, participating students take an exam at the cooperative’s main office. The five students with the highest test scores receive an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. to participate in this life-changing leadership event.
You could join 115 Georgia participants and more than 1,500 students from around the nation – all expenses paid – for one incredible week in our nation’s capital. A fast-paced, up-close, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see with your own eyes the sites and people at the center of our government. If you would like to compete for a spot on the tour and your school is listed above, please let a counselor at your school know you are interested in the program. If your high school is not listed above but is still within GreyStone’s coverage area (Douglas, Paulding, Fulton, Carroll, Cobb, Bartow, Coweta or Fayette County) please contact Ashley Kinnard at 770.370.2600 to find out how you can get involved in this great program. To learn more about the GreyStone sponsored Youth Tour, visit www.youthtour.coop.