ConnectWith: Youth Tour Delegate Caroline Cason
An indescribable honor
Wilkes County teen excited to represent SYEMC on the trip of a lifetime.
While most high school juniors are still trying to figure out what interests them, Caroline Cason has already chosen her future direction. She plans to pursue a political science degree prior to attending law school.
The talented artist and pianist lives on a farm in rural Wilkes County and is currently being recruited to play volleyball in college. Later this month, Caroline will represent her electric co-op, Surry-Yadkin EMC, on what many consider to be the trip of a lifetime.
Each summer, the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour brings about 1,600 high school students from across the U.S. to Washington, D.C. for a youth leadership experience. Caroline and more than 40 of her peers from North Carolina will visit the Smithsonian museums, Capitol Hill, Arlington National Cemetery and several memorials. They’ll learn about American history and the electric cooperative business model while making new friends. The future leaders also attend presentations by some great motivational speakers.
“I’m most interested in experiencing democracy up close and building connections with future leaders,” says Caroline. She looks forward to meeting her elected officials and asking questions while experiencing the atmosphere of our nation’s capital. “Being able to actually meet with the leaders of my great country is an indescribable honor,” she says.
Caroline visited Washington, D.C. with her family when she was younger but says she wasn’t old enough to fully appreciate it. Today, with an abundance of interest in history, Caroline is eager to step inside the Holocaust Museum and the Smithsonian museums of Natural History and Air and Space. Topping her list as the proud younger sister to a U.S. Marine is witnessing the changing of the guard at Arlington National Cemetery.
Youth Tour is often described as a life-changing experience. Caroline hopes to find clarity regarding her career aspirations while on this trip.
“This could be a ‘make it or break it’ kind of trip for me,” she says. “It could give me a jump-start on my career.”
In addition to the trip to Washington, D.C., and all that comes with it, Caroline also receives a $500 scholarship from Surry-Yadkin EMC.
“We’re excited to have such a driven and determined young woman representing us on the Youth Tour,” says SYEMC General Manager and Executive Vice President Greg Puckett. “We wish her the best of luck in pursuing her dreams.”
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