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Students Selected as Jackson EMC Delegates for Washington Youth Tour

Jackson Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) selected four high school students as delegates for the 2019 Washington Youth Tour, scheduled June 13-20.

Alex Campo, a junior at Flowery Branch High School; Ahema Gaisie, a junior at the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology; Alyssa Ramos, a junior at Johnson High School; and Katelyn Sheridan, a junior at North Gwinnett 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 represent the values of Jackson EMC with their commitment to community service, high standards of integrity, and a spirit of cooperation,” said Jackson EMC President/CEO Chip Jakins.

Campo, son of Eliana and Jose Campo, is president of the junior class at Flowery Branch High School and secretary of the Flowery Branch National Honor Society. He is a member of the Beta Club, Spanish Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta (math honor society). He plays the euphonium and won the Most Outstanding Brass award in 2018. Campo served as the 2018 Flowery Branch Ambassador to the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Conference. He is a student volunteer at the Georgia Mountain Food Bank and a translator at Friendship Elementary School. Also, Campo is an active participant in the national Poetry Out Loud competition and is the 2019 Georgia state champion. With career aspirations to study medicine and specialize in cardiothoracic surgery, he is currently participating in the Brenau University Medical Scholars Program.

Gaisie, daughter of Emmanuella Sackey, is a veteran Model United Nations conference participant at the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech. She is on the mock trial team at the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology, serving in the role of plaintiff attorney. She plays the viola and volunteers at her church’s Vacation Bible School each summer. Additionally, Gaisie works as a summer intern for the Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation Department. She aspires to be a forensic scientist.

Ramos, daughter of Maria and Evans Ramos, is president of Johnson High School’s HOSA-Future Health Professionals organization. She is an AP Scholar with Distinction, and is a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, Creative Writers Club, Spanish Honors Society, and the Speech and Debate Team. She is a current Youth Leadership Hall delegate and works as an intern with the Hall County Library System, where she provides Spanish-language outreach. Ramos is an active volunteer with the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Hall County. She is a Sunday School teacher and Vacation Bible School leader at her local church, where she also sings in the choir and plays piano. Ramos aspires to be a medical director for a nonprofit global health program.

Sheridan, daughter of Tracy and Stephen Sheridan, serves on the Student Council Executive Board, is a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club and Student Leadership Team. She is an AP Scholar and Scholar Athlete. Sheridan plays varsity lacrosse and flag football. She is a freshman mentor and Bulldog Ambassador to new students. Sheridan serves as a lead counselor for a summer lacrosse camp and is a Relay for Life team member. Sheridan dreams of designing prosthetics as a biomedical engineer.

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 academics, community service, oral and written communications skills, letters of recommendation and a personal interview.

Since 1965, the Washington Youth Tour has given more than 3,200 Georgia students and more than 52,000 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 230,000 meters on 14,132 miles of energized wire. For more information, visit jacksonemc.com.