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High School Students Selected as Jackson EMC Delegates for 2020 Washington Youth Tour

Jackson Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) selected four high school students as delegates for the 2020 Washington Youth Tour, scheduled June 18-25.

Alex Crabb, a junior at Dacula High School; Jack Thomas, a junior at Flowery Branch High School; Kennedy Turner, a junior at North Gwinnett High School; and Erick Villanueva, a junior at East Hall High School, were chosen for the all-expense paid leadership development experience sponsored by Georgia’s electric cooperatives and organized by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA).

“Our delegates have demonstrated outstanding character, community service and academic achievement,” said Jackson EMC President/CEO Chip Jakins. “We’re honored to support these rising young leaders in our community.”

Crabb, son of Kristin and Nicholas Crabb of Dacula, is vice president of the Georgia Association of Student Councils. He serves as class representative for the Dacula High School Student Council, where he manages the annual “Food Fight,” a food drive benefiting the school’s food pantry. He is a member of the Gwinnett Student Leadership Team and Dacula Student Leadership Team. Crabb is a scholar athlete in swimming and lacrosse and a member of Mu Alpha Theta (math honor society), Health Occupation Sciences of America (HOSA) and National Honor Society. Outside of school, Crabb is a soccer referee, swim coach and food pantry volunteer. He plans to pursue a career public policy.

Thomas, son of Alison and Paul Thomas of Buford, is a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, Mu Alpha Theta, Spanish Honor Society and the Technology Student Association. Thomas is an Eagle Scout and has served as senior patrol leader in Boy Scout Troop 597. He is the 2018 Georgia high school 5A tennis champion and a United States Tennis Association (USTA) certified tennis umpire. He volunteers with community projects through his Scout troup, National Honor Society and other school clubs. Thomas is planning to pursue a career in corporate law.

Turner, daughter of Donyale and JuanDrago Turner of Suwanee, is a member of the Gwinnett Student Leadership Team, Beta Club, National Honor Society and National Spanish Honor Society. She is a member of the school’s Lunch Bunch team, which meets with special needs students for weekly social interactions. Turner is a leader on the North Gwinnett Swim and Dive team where she has won the coach’s award for the past two years. She is the 2020 Girls Gwinnett County dive champion and a member of the Georgia Diving Club. Additionally, she volunteers at Furkids, Rainbow Village, Metro Gymnastics and local nursing homes. Turner plans to pursue a career in pediatric occupational therapy.

Villanueva, son of Esperanza Olguin of Gainesville, is a graduate of Youth Leadership Hall. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, Student Council, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), and the East Hall HOPE (Hispanic Organization Promoting Education) Club, where he serves as vice president of service. He was named a GeorgiaBEST student by the Georgia Department of Labor due to his high performance in the business and technology pathway. He is a volunteer with the Hall County Humane Society, INK, Good News at Noon and Path Project. Additionally, Villanueva serves as a translator for elementary school parents in school conferences and a poll worker for the Hall County Elections Department. He plans to pursue a career in public service.

High school counselors and teachers in the Jackson EMC service area were invited to nominate students for the competition, and students could apply directly, as well. Four delegates were selected based on their academics, community service, oral and written communications skills, letters of recommendation and an interview.

Since 1965, the Washington Youth Tour has given more than 3,300 Georgia students and more than 53,000 students nationwide the opportunity to participate in this leadership and team-building experience. For more information on the Washington Youth Tour, go to jacksonemc.com/wyt.

Jackson Electric Membership Corporation, the largest electric cooperative in Georgia and one of the largest in the nation, is headquartered 50 miles northeast of Atlanta in Jefferson, Ga. The cooperative serves more than 235,000 meters on 14,132 miles of energized wire. For more information, visit jacksonemc.com.