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Cumming student tapped for Washington Youth Tour
Sawnee EMC
Karanam - photo by For the FCN

CUMMING — A student from Cumming was one of two selected by a local electric services provider to participate in the 51st annual National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Washington Youth Tour.

Sawnee EMC named Arjun Karanam, as well as Claire Roop of Canton, as its representatives to the Youth Tour that will take place June 9-16.

The tour is a way to expose students from across the nation to the fast-paced world of politics, leadership and agenda-setting.

“The NRECA Youth Tour was established with one thought in mind — to inspire the next generation of leaders,” said Cindy Badgett, a spokeswoman for Cumming-based Sawnee EMC.

Karanam and his co-representative vied for a spot alongside teenagers throughout Georgia who are student athletes and members of respected academic organizations.

Among others, their activities included Beta Club, National Honor Society, Governor’s Honors Program, Student Council, Key Club, Debate Club, Future Business Leaders of America, Interact Club and Science Olympiad.

Each year, teens are challenged to consider the part they play in the state’s and nation’s electric cooperative movement.

“These students represent the next generation of educated, engaged citizen leaders in our communities and country, and we want them to know more about electric cooperatives,” Badgett said.

She added that Sawnee EMC leaders and former student delegates think the Youth Tour has grown into “an invaluable program that gives young Americans an experience that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.”