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Politicians & Penguins

ATLANTA, GA Updated Tue June 28, 2016

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From the Georgia State Capitol to the Georgia Aquarium, one group of high school students from Early County spent a day learning at two of the most prominent landmarks in Georgia, with support from GP’s Pulp and Paper Mill in Cedar Springs, Ga.

GP helped host students from Early County High School and Southwest Georgia Academy who are participating in the Blakely-Early County Chamber of Commerce Youth Leadership Program.

While inside the historic governmental building, best recognized by its gold-plated, 75-foot round dome, students engaged in hands-on learning experiences and met with leadership such as Representative Gerald E. Greene, who represents the student’s district. Early County Chamber President Kyle Kornegay also joined the group, alongside other community, business and program leader chaperones. Peggy Jaye, a public affairs manager with GP in Cedar Springs, said, “Kyle is a strong role model for these students – and someone they can relate to. He grew up in Early County, left for several years while building his career, and then returned to lead and serve the community he calls home.”

Following their trip to the political center of the state, students visited the Georgia Aquarium where they met with staffers and learned about the Georgia-Pacific Cold Water Quest exhibit.

This group of students, chosen by the Chamber and schools for their dedication, drive and ability and willingness to lead, was the first class to complete the Blakely-Early County Youth Leadership Program. “We have such great potential in our Early County students and it’s a privilege to give them new learning experiences like these,” Jaye added. “We hope they came away inspired and excited to see how they, too, can make their mark on a community.”

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