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Two from Cumming to represent Sawnee EMC in Washington
Sawnee EMC Students
Jonathan Pittman and Anish Bikmal

Recently, two young residents from Cumming were chosen by Sawnee EMC to represent the company in June at the 53rd annual Washington Youth Tour in Washington, D.C.

According to a news release by Sawnee EMC, Jonathan Pittman and Anish Bikmal were chosen due to their demonstration of “strong leadership qualities, exemplary social skills,” and “desire to learn more about the electric cooperative business model.”

“EMC leaders and past Washington Youth Tour participants all agree, to be chosen for the experience is a distinct honor,” the release stated.

Bikmal is a junior at South Forsyth High School, and Pittman is homeschooled in Cumming.

“These students represent the next generation of educated, engaged citizens in our communities and country. It’s important for them to experience the nation’s Capitol, to see monuments and memorials honoring those who made sacrifices so that we can live and worship in a free society,” said Cindy Badgett, director of external affairs for Sawnee EMC.

Added Badgett: “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.”

The release stated that the 53rd annual Washington Youth Tour will take place from June 7 to 14 and expose participants to politics, leadership opportunities, team building and the history of electric co-ops like Sawnee EMC.

According to the release, Pittman, Bikmal and other delegates from Georgia will meet with more than 1,700 other youth representatives from across the nation, and “exchange views concerning local and national issues.”