PHOTO CAPTION: Elba High School Youth Tour winners are (left to right) Vincente Jimenez (winner), Travia Martin (runner-up), Caitie Lusk (first alternate), Christal Ingerman (second alternate) and Emilee Hudson (third alternate).
ANDALUSIA, ALA.– Elba High School (EHS) students Vicente Jimenez and Travia Martin have been selected as PowerSouth’s 2014 Youth Tour winner and runner-up, respectively.
In March, the students will join hundreds of other Youth Tour winners from across Alabama in the state capitol to learn more about government, the legislative process and the rural electrification program.
As the EHS Youth Tour winner, Jimenez will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., in June to participate in the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) Youth Tour with more than 1,500 students from all across America to watch history come alive in our nation’s capital as they explore museums, memorials and monuments. Jimenez will also have the opportunity to meet with his U.S. Representatives. As the winner, Jimenez will become part of a group that has more than 50,000 alumni in every walk of life including U.S. Senators and CEOs.
The top 10 students from EHS will join area Youth Tour Program participants at Point A Lodge on Feb.19 to learn more about PowerSouth and the electric industry, while interacting with their peers.
Jimenez and Martin were chosen based on their performance on written essays, written tests and an interview competition at PowerSouth’s headquarters in Andalusia.
Jimenez was selected as the EHS winner. He demonstrates his leadership in the Senior Beta Club, FBLA, Coffee County Youth Leadership Program, and Tiger Marching Band. He also volunteers his time with the EES Fall Festival and Pumpkins on the Square.
Martin was selected as the EHS runner-up. She has demonstrated her leadership as a member of the EHS varsity cheerleaders, EHS Marching Tiger Band, EHS Ambassadors and Senior Beta Club. She volunteers for the Salvation Army, Elba Elementary School and Junior Varsity Concession Stand.
Caitie Lusk, Christal Ingerman and Emilee Hudson were selected as alternates.
PowerSouth has participated in the Youth Tour program for more than 20 years, sponsoring students from Andalusia, Elba, Opp and PikeCountyhigh schools.
The Electric Cooperative Youth Tour has brought high school students to Washington, D.C., every June since the late 1950s, and more than 50,000 students from across America have participated in this unique program.
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