• Jose Salazar

Grady EMC Washington Youth Tour to be held virtually for 2021

Teachers asked to nominate students by this Friday, April 2

Now is the time for Cairo High School teachers to nominate rising seniors (Class of 2022) for the yearly Washington Youth Tour. This annual event is hosted by Grady EMC and is normally held in Washington D.C. during the month of June. The deadline to nominate a rising senior is this Friday, April 2, by noon.

This summer, due to the ongoing pandemic, Grady EMC will instead host students in their offices June 22-24 for a virtual tour, according to Cairo High Work-Based Learning Coordinator and Career Counselor Mrs. Michelle Ausley.

Senior Mary Harrison received a scholarship this week from Grady EMC in lieu of being able to attend the tour last summer. She is pictured here with with John Long (right), CEO of Grady EMC, and Adam Starr (left), Manager of Marketing and Member Services.

CHS senior Mary Harrison was selected as the 2020 Grady County Washington Youth Tour delegate for Grady EMC but could not attend because of the pandemic. On Tuesday, March 30, Mary was rewarded with a $1,000 college scholarship from Grady EMC.

Mary told the Red & Black that the nomination and qualification process consists of being nominated by a CHS teacher, attending meetings and group activities related to leadership with other nominees, submitting applications, and participating in interviews.

Most recently, CHS graduate J.T. Andrews (class of 2020) attended the tour in Washington during the summer of 2019. He is pictured below (second from the right), along with Mr. Adam Starr, Grady EMC's Manager of Marketing and Member Services (center).

Formally known as The Electric Cooperative Youth Tour, this program "has brought high school students to Washington, D.C every June since the 1950s," according to Grady EMC. "Students apply and are selected for this program by their local electric cooperative. We believe that students should see their nation's capital up close, learn about the political process, and interact with their elected officials," the website states.

"Nearly 50,000 students from rural areas and small towns across America have participated in this program. Grady EMC has participated in this program for more than a quarter of a century."

Teachers are encouraged to nominate as many rising seniors as they believe best fit the Washington Youth Tour opportunity. Please click on this link for more information about the program and to help select the best candidates.

The video below explains more about the history of the program:

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