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Meet Your 2017 Washington Youth Tour Delegates

The high school students chosen to serve as Jackson EMC’s delegates for this year’s Washington Youth Tour, on June 8-15 have something powerful in common; a passion to serve others. As delegates, Sheefa Ali, Gabriela Maduro-Salvarrey, Cecelia Tatro, and Trudy Ward will travel to Washington D.C., with 113 other Georgians and join more than 1,700 Youth Tour participants from electric co-ops across the country, as they embark on a leadership journey.

Meet the young leaders from our community who make up Jackson EMC’s delegation on the Washington Youth Tour.


Cecelia Tatro writes letters; 50 letters at a time. Cecelia designs cards and writes notes for people receiving hospice care who do not have visitors, so they know someone is thinking about them. Recently, she started a club, Crafting Smiles, at her high school, to expand her passion to include more people and to create more cards and gifts for people who need a little extra support during a difficult time. “It’s a wonderful experience to be able to use a hobby and help people. I think other people will love to use this vehicle to serve others,” she said. In addition to serving her community through her letter writing, Cecelia sweeps trails at Elachee Nature Center and organizes the food pantry at the Northeast Georgia Food Bank. Cecelia is pursuing a Full International Baccalaureate Diploma at JHS. She is an active member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, Student Council, Spanish Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of America. Cecelia was selected for the Youth Leadership Hall program through the Hall County Chamber of Commerce and served as a Hugh O’Brien Youth Con­ference ambassador. Cecelia’s career goal is to be a dermatologist. She is the daughter of Michelle Craven and Gordon Tatro, of Gainesville.


Trudy Ward is a musician. In fact, she’s a wind instrument extraordinaire, playing both the flute and the oboe in the wind ensemble and marching band, where she will serve as drum major next year. She also plays the synthesizer. She prefers classical music and is especially drawn to the John Philip Sousa marches. She is a member of the National Honor Society and Youth Leadership Team. Trudy’s community service includes volunteer work with Kids for Christ at Colbert United Methodist Church, where she also engages in mission work that includes sorting clothes and home goods for the Salvation Army, working on a renovation project for a horse therapy farm and delivering meals to the homeless. Additionally, she helps assem­ble weekend food bags for middle school students through the intheMIDDLEmeals program. Trudy’s dream is to study at The Juilliard School. “I feel like this trip is going to push me past what I set my limit to be,” she said. She is the daughter of Regina and Derek Ward, of Colbert.


Sheefa Ali is one of ten students in the U.S. who won a national prize at Le Grand Concours, the National French Contest. She actively participates in French National Honor Society, Na­tional Honor Society, Beta Club and the Collins Hill High School Women’s Chorus. She also served as communications officer for the Atlanta Model UN Conference. Sheefa participates in community service through her school clubs, packs Blessing Bags of food and water for shelters and tutors first graders in reading. Celebrating the unique diversity of her high school, she recently helped plan the inaugural Culture Night at Collins Hill. “The goal is to share our diversity. Culture wasn’t celebrated before, so we decided to have a night just showing off the diversity of our school,” she said. Sheefa plans to pursue a career as a neurologist. She is the daughter of Upasana Patel and Bahdur Ali, of Buford.



Gabriela Maduro-Salvarrey is passionate about creating social change. “Once something be­comes a problem, it can be like a running faucet and you’ll always be mopping water off the floor. I want to find solutions at the source, and turn off the faucet,” she said about her career goal of serving in the U.S. House of Representatives. She’s off to a good start, serving on the Gwinnett Student Leadership Team and the Citizens Climate Lobby, where she invited Rep. Woodall to speak at her school about the environment, an issue close to her heart. Gabriela also created the Social Justice League at PRHS to educate students about current events and their relation to social justice issues while promoting healthy debate and public service through volunteer projects. She’s involved with the PRHS Buddy Bunch club, which promotes interaction and friendship between students in regular and special education classes. Addi­tionally, Gabriella is involved in HoPe, the Hispanic Organization Promoting Education. She is the daughter of Diana Salvarrey-Iranzo and Guillermo Maduro-Vazquez, of Duluth.