Cream of the crop. The best and brightest. Upper echelon. High achievers. Just about any superlative fits each year’s group of Georgia delegates for the Washington Youth Tour (WYT), sponsored by the state’s electric membership corporations, including Rayle EMC.
Every delegate’s accomplishments and interests are highlighted during the kickoff banquet each year, before the high school students begin their whirlwind week of team building, traveling, sightseeing, learning and bonding. There are some common themes: Not only are these young people very smart—and polite—but they also do a lot. Active in their churches. Busy with volunteer work. Gifted athletes. Beta Club. National Honor Society. Eagle Scouts. The list goes on and on.
Considering the rigorous application process (which varies by EMC), it’s not surprising that the students chosen as WYT delegates have such impressive backgrounds. Some EMCs test applicants on their knowledge of electric cooperative history. Others receive recommendations from school counselors. Many co-ops conduct in-person interviews with the best candidates.
A big reason why these delegates—who begin Washington Youth Tour week as strangers—bond so quickly and develop lasting friendships is that they are all driven to succeed. Those biographies shown at the kickoff banquet list the delegates’ college plans and career aspirations, and it’s clear that all set the bar high for themselves.
Ready to count yourself among the success stories? The 2016 Washington Youth Tour will be held June 9-16. Rayle EMC will sponsor three rising high school seniors or juniors from schools in its service area to attend the tour. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity only costs the time it takes to write an essay of 500 to 1,000 words about the factors that make an electric cooperative different from other electric utilities and how it benefits the community. Students interested in this opportunity can obtain additional information by contacting Member Services Representative Richard Heard at (706) 678-2116. All essays should be postmarked by March 11, 2016, and mailed to: Richard Heard, Rayle EMC, PO Box 1090, Washington, GA 30673.
The application may be download from the PDF link below.