SOUTH FORSYTH -- Two Forsyth County teenagers will travel to the Capitol for a leadership experience organized by electric membership cooperatives in Georgia and across the country.
Megha Sequeira, a senior at Lambert High, and Isha Naidu, a 17-year-old who attends South Forsyth High, will represent Cumming-based Sawnee EMC on the 52nd annual Washington Youth Tour on June 8-15 after completing an application process where they had to demonstrate leadership and social skills and a desire to learn more about electric cooperative business models, their government and their nation.
“These students represent the next generation of educated, engaged citizen leaders in our communities and country,” said Cindy Badgett, director of external affairs for Sawnee EMC, which serves electricity to about 172,171 accounts in seven north Georgia counties.
They will be exposed to a fast-paced world of politics, leadership, team building and “the rich history of electric co-ops. Each year the teens are challenged to consider the part they play in government and the electric cooperative movement, to become involved citizens and to consider careers in public service.”
Candidates vie for a spot alongside students from across the state who are community volunteers, student athletes and members of respected academic organizations including the National Honor Society and the Governor’s Honors Program.
The group will meet with their elected officials and discuss the issues that are important back home. Georgia’s delegation will convene with more than 1,700 youth representing electric cooperatives from across the nation, and they will have the opportunity to mingle with peers from other states and exchange views concerning local and national issues.
“It’s important for them to experience the nation’s capital, to see monuments and memorials honoring those who made sacrifices so that we can live and worship in a free society,” Badgett said. “They get to experience this with other students who share similar hopes and dreams, but also come from a variety of backgrounds and different parts of the state and country.”