Marcum, Maurer to represent PowerSouth at 2018 Youth Tour

Published 12:07 am Thursday, February 15, 2018

Andalusia High School (AHS) students Colin Marcum and Cameron Maurer were selected as PowerSouth’s 2018 Youth Tour winner and runner-up, respectively. Whitman Jackson, Sarah Piggott and Kayley Williams were selected as alternates.

The winners were chosen based on their performance on a written essay, a written test and an interview competition.

In early March, Marcum and Maurer will join hundreds of other Youth Tour representatives from across Alabama in Montgomery to learn more about government, the legislative process and the rural electrification program.

As the AHS Youth Tour winner, Marcum will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., in June to participate in the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) Youth Tour with more than 1,500 students from all across America to watch history come alive in the nation’s capital as they explore museums, memorials and monuments. He will also have the opportunity to meet with members of Congress and become part of a group that has more than 50,000 alumni in every walk of life including U.S. Senators and CEOs.

Marcum is a member of SGA, Peer Helpers and yearbook staff, as well as the AHS football team. He is a junior class officer. He volunteers with various community groups and is active at Andalusia First Baptist Church.

Maurer is a member of FCCLA, Peer Helpers, SGA and the varsity tennis and cross country teams. He volunteers at Cookies with Characters, Walk to End Alzheimers and Community Christmas.

PowerSouth has participated in the Youth Tour program for more than 30 years, sponsoring students from Andalusia, Elba, Opp and Pike County high schools. The top 10 students from AHS will join other area Youth Tour participants at Point A Lodge in February to learn more about PowerSouth and the electric industry, while interacting with their peers.

The Electric Cooperative Youth Tour has brought high school students to Washington, D.C., every June since the late 1950s, and more than 50,000 students from across America have participated in this unique program.