Meet Your 2019 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 13-20 have something powerful in common – a desire to help others.
As delegates, Alejandro Campo, Ahema Gaisie, Alyssa Ramos and Katelyn Sheridan will travel to Washington, D.C., with 111 other students 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 2019 delegation on the Washington Youth Tour.
Alejandro Campo | Junior | Flowery Branch High School
Alejandro Campo says it’s important to give back to the community by encouraging engagement. “At school, I try to get involved in as many community-based organizations as I can and serve in a leadership role,” he said. For Alejandro, also known as Alex, one way he gives back to the community is serving as a translator at Friendship Elementary School, where he helps parents communicate with teachers and school leaders. “That has been really rewarding to see the looks on parents’ faces when they understand that someone in the room speaks their language,” he said. Besides serving as junior vice president of the Spanish Honor Society at Flowery Branch High School, Alejandro is also president of the junior class at the school. In the community, Alejandro volunteers at a food bank and senior living facility, and served as the 2018 Flowery Branch Ambassador to the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Conference. In addition, Alejandro is the state champion of the Poetry Out Loud competition and recently placed third in the national competition in Washington, D.C. Alejandro plans to study medicine and aspires to be a cardiothoracic surgeon. He is the son of Eliana and Jose Campo, Flowery Branch.
Alyssa Ramos | Junior | Johnson High School
Alyssa Ramos says when she was a child, she always enjoyed visiting the library because of her passion for reading. For the past three years, Alyssa has been volunteering at Blackshear Place Library, where she helps children and Spanish-speaking patrons. Last summer, as an intern, Alyssa helped the Hall County Library System host “pop-up” events in the East Hall community to share information about library services with Spanish-speaking residents – some of whom didn’t know or understand the services offered by the library. “It helped bridge a wide gap between the Hispanic community and what the library has to offer,” Alyssa said. Besides translating in person with Spanish-speaking residents about the library’s services, she also helped translate some of the library’s brochures. Along with being involved in the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Speech and Debate Team, and Beta Club at Johnson High School, Alyssa is also president of the school’s HOSA-Future Health Professionals organization. “I have a big passion for the healthcare industry,” she said. Alyssa aspires to be a medical director for a nonprofit global health program. She is the daughter of Cristina and Evans Ramos, Braselton.
Katelyn Sheridan | Junior | North Gwinnett High School
Katelyn Sheridan says there are many life lessons learned on teams. “I have loved being on teams my whole life – sports, academics, you name it,” she said. After exploring 10 teams in various sports, Katelyn has found a passion for lacrosse. “I’ve learned that everyone has a role on a team. For that to work, not everyone can be the director. Sometimes, you need to be the person cheering people on,” Katelyn said. Along with her experiences in sports, including playing on North Gwinnett High School’s inaugural flag football team, Katelyn enjoys her time on the Gwinnett Student Leadership Team. Through that team, Katelyn says she has learned from community leaders and student leaders in other schools. Katelyn also serves on her school’s Student Council Executive Board, mentors freshmen students and volunteers for Relay for Life. Outside of school, she’s an active volunteer at her church. Katelyn aspires to blend her love of engineering and helping others by becoming a biomedical engineer and designing prosthetics. She is the daughter of Tracy and Stephen Sheridan, Suwanee.
Ahema Gaisie | Junior | Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science & Technology
Ahema Gaisie says she loves to gain knowledge – especially when it comes to learning about issues affecting others. Her recent experiences serving on her school’s Model United Nations team has provided her with opportunities to view issues from others’ perspectives. “It’s fun to research what’s happening elsewhere in the world,” Ahema said. “It opens you to things outside your sphere.” Besides Model U.N., she serves as an attorney on her school’s mock trial team. Ahema is interested in a career in forensic science, but also considers becoming an attorney. “I really like the legal area. It’s about the opportunity to help people,” she said. Ahema interned last summer at Gwinnett County’s McDaniel Farm Park, where she worked as a summer camp counselor for various youth camps that visited the park. In addition, the self-taught artist is an active volunteer in children’s ministry and vacation Bible school at her church. She is the daughter of Emmanuella Sackey, Dacula.
Karen Ewing | Community Relations Representative | Jackson EMC
Chaperones, like students, compete for the honor of participating in the Washington Youth Tour. This year, a Jackson EMC employee was among the 12 adult leaders chosen in a state-wide process with fellow electric cooperatives to supervise the student delegation.
Karen Ewing is the community relations representative for Jackson EMC, where she handles educational programming, including the Washington Youth Tour. For more than 20 years, Karen has spent time working with young people to help them achieve their educational and career goals. She has mentored students and interns in the public and private sectors throughout her career. Karen serves as a volunteer at Frankie and Andy’s Place, a rescue nonprofit organization for senior dogs. Karen brings a unique perspective as a chaperone, having lived and worked in Washington, D.C.