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Lamar Electric Cooperative sponsors youth tour contest

Lamar Electric Cooperative is again sponsoring two students from its service area for an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the annual Government-in-Action Youth Tour, taking place June 13 – 21.

YT Winners in Washington (Photo courtesy of
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Sponsorship includes airfare, transportation, hotel rooms, meals and some spending money for the student while in Washington. The program boasts more than 50,000 alumni in every walk of life, including several U.S. senators and CEOs.

While in Washington, the two students will visit their members of Congress, tour the House and Senate chambers, the Supreme Court and the Library of Congress, and will have photo sessions on Capitol Hill and in front of the White House.

The students will also attend the wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns; see Kennedy’s Gravesite; tour Arlington National Cemetery and the Lincoln, Vietnam and World War II memorials; see the Peterson House; visit the Smithsonian Museums of American Art, Natural History and American History, as well as the Air & Space Museums, Union Station and the Old Post Office Pavilion.

In addition, the students will visit Pentagon City Mall and Hard Rock Cafe, experience the Washington at Night Driving Tour, and see the Sunset Parade at Iwo Jima.  On the last night in Washington, Youth Tour groups from all states will come together for a dinner and dance.

To be eligible for this year’s Government-in-Action Youth Tour contest, a student:

  • Must be a junior or senior in high school, AND

  • Must live full-time in a residence served by Lamar Electric OR must attend one of the four high schools served by Lamar Electric, including Detroit, Prairiland, Roxton and Faith Christian.  Home-schooled students in homes served by Lamar Electric are also eligible.

Entering the contest is simple, says Lamar Electric Coop’s Dena Beason:

“Let us know a little information about yourself and send us a two-page essay (about 300 words) on ‘Historical Significance of Washington, D.C,” Beason told the Extra.

The deadline for this year’s Government-in-Action Youth Tour is 5 p.m. on February 22. The application can be found on Lamar Electric Coop’s website here, and should be sent to For more information, contact Dena Beason at 903-783-4949 or email