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PHOTO CAPTION: Pike County High School Youth Tour winners are (left to right) Chelsea Linson (winner), Laneshia Magwood(runner-up), Jeremy Green(first alternate), Lakeisha Magwood (second alternate), and Kelsey Terry (third alternate).

ANDALUSIA, ALA.– Pike County High School (PCHS) students Chelsea Linson and Laneshia Magwood 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 capital to learn more about government, the legislative process and the rural electrification program.

As the PCHS Youth Tour winner, Linson 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. Linson will also have the opportunity to meet with her U.S. Representatives. As the winner, Linson 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 PCHS 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.

Linson and Magwood were chosen based on their performance on written essays, written tests and an interview competition at PowerSouth’s headquarters in Andalusia.

Linson was selected as the PCHS winner. She has demonstrated leadership as a member of the Spanish Club, Math Team and Robotics Team. She volunteers for the Salvation Army, PTO and Fall Festival.

Magwood was selected as the PCHS runner-up. She has shown leadership through her participation in the JROTC, Spanish and Drama Clubs and Business and Finance Academy. She volunteers for the VA Hospital, JJROTC Leadership Camp, Salvation Army, and varsity basketball team.

Jeremy Green, Lakeisha Magwood and Kelsey Terry 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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