FCHS’s McClendon picked for Washington Youth Tour


Fayette County High’s Kalani McClendon is set to take the trip of a lifetime. McClendon, a junior at FCHS, was selected to participate in the prestigious Washington Youth Tour sponsored by Coweta/Fayette EMC this summer.

Every year, CFEMC recognizes outstanding high school students who are leaders in their schools, communities, places of worship, or academic and community organizations by providing a valuable leadership development program through the Washington Youth Tour, established by America’s electric cooperatives to inspire and educate our youth.

More than 1,000 high school juniors from across the United States will experience an all-expense-paid trip to Washington D.C. Kalani will tour our nation’s capital and learn about the political process and interact with elected officials.

McClendon will be joined by Emily Kirk of Northgate High and Mariana Torres of East Coweta High.

McClendon, Kirk, and Torres were carefully selected to represent CFEMC by a robust judging committee after submitting their applications and essays for review.

“Coweta-Fayette EMC is excited to offer this exceptional opportunity to three outstanding local students,” said Rachel Camp, Integrated Communications Coordinator with Coweta-Fayette EMC. “It will allow Emily, Kalani, and Mariana the chance to network with fellow peers and enhance their knowledge of our government and legislative process,” said Camp.

Since 1965, the Washington Youth Tour has given 3,000 students in Georgia and more than 50,000 students nationwide the opportunity to take part in this memorable experience. The program was initially implemented at the request of President Lyndon Johnson to “send youngsters to the nation’s capital where they can actually see what the flag stands for and represents.”