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Thomson's Ebonie Skelton is selected for tour

A Thomson youth is among three area students chosen to participate in Georgia's 41st annual Washington Youth Tour, an all-expense paid leadership experience sponsored by electric membership cooperatives.

Ebonie Skelton of Thomson will join Megan Griswell of Gibson and Megan Brett of Wrens on the trip. Keyon Wilson of Louisville was chosen as the alternate.

Selected by their local co-op, Jefferson Energy Cooperative, these students will travel to Atlanta and Washington D.C. with 100 other Georgia high school students to learn about U.S. history, government, and careers in public service.

This year's tour, which takes place June 8-15, exposes students to the fast-paced world of politics, leadership and agenda setting. Each year the Washington Youth Tour challenges teens to consider the part they play in history, government and the cooperative movement, encourages them to become involved citizens, and prompts them to consider careers in public service.

"We're delighted Megan, Ebonie, and Megan will be attending this year," said Jefferson Energy's Steve Chalker. "They've been impressive with their enthusiasm and excitement about the program since day one, and I know they will represent Jefferson Energy Cooperative in a positive manner."

The teen-delegates will explore government on a local and national level, gathering in Atlanta before departing for Washington D.C. In Atlanta, the group will meet with legislative representatives, participate in leadership activities, and learn about Georgia's electric cooperative industry at the Georgia Electric Membership headquarters in Tucker.

When the group arrives in Washington D.C., Georgia's delegation will convene with more than 1,400 youth representing cooperatives across the nation. The delegates will have the opportunity to mingle with peers from other states and exchange views concerning local and national issues.

During their stay, students will attend a Supreme Court lecture, a Georgia Congressional Delegation luncheon and a congressional session.

The group will also visit many of the nation's historical monuments and museums, such as the newly opened Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, the Holocaust Museum, Arlington Cemetery and the WWII, Vietnam War, FDR, Lincoln, and Jefferson memorials.

Web posted on Thursday, April 20, 2006

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