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Snapping Shoals EMC will send teens to D.C.

COVINGTON -- Snapping Shoals EMC is accepting applications from area high school sophomores and juniors to compete for an all-expense-paid spot on the 2013 Washington Youth Tour.

"The weeklong trip offers participants the opportunity to experience our government and history up close while having fun, making new friends and gaining leadership skills," said Leigh-Anne Burgess with Snapping Shoals EMC.

If chosen, the students will become one of three delegates sponsored by Snapping Shoals EMC who will join nearly 100 teens from other EMCs across Georgia to represent the state during the 2013 Washington Youth Tour to be held June 13 to 20.

"The fast-paced, high-energy program is designed to give students a taste of democracy in action, expose them to the nation's rich history through visits to national monuments and museums and encourage students to become politically aware citizens," Burgess said.

The tour begins in Georgia while students get to know each other, learn about Georgia's 42 EMCs and the electric cooperative industry and enjoy a private tour of the Little White House in Warm Springs, which is the birthplace of rural electrification. The group then flies to Washington, D.C., to connect with more than 1,500 students from across the country.

"Plans are in the works to cruise down the Potomac River, lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington Cemetery, meet with Georgia's U.S. senators and representatives and tour the U.S. Supreme Court, the Bureau of Printing and Engraving, Mount Vernon, the National Cathedral, and Ford's Theatre," Burgess said.

Students will visit memorials honoring Presidents Franklin Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and George Washington; World War II; and the Vietnam and Korean Wars. They also will watch the U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps and the Silent Drill Platoon perform at the Iwo Jima Memorial, as well as spend time at the Smithsonian, the Newseum and Holocaust museum.

In addition to the all-expenses-paid trip, Snapping Shoals EMC's three representatives will each receive a $500 scholarship when they begin college.

Visit www.ssemc.com to download an application or call 770-385-2888 to have one mailed. The deadline to apply is Friday.

Snapping Shoals EMC is a nonprofit, consumer-owned cooperative headquartered in Covington. The EMC provides electric service to about 94,000 residential, commercial and industrial consumers in an eight-county area southeast of Atlanta. Its service territory covers parts of Rockdale, Henry, Newton, DeKalb, Butts, Walton, Jasper and Morgan counties.