Click here for the Government-in-Action Youth Tour application
Each year, Lamar Electric Cooperative selects two high school students to attend the Government-in-Action Youth Tour. This is an all-expenses-paid guided tour of Washington, D.C., which includes visiting the U.S. Capitol and meeting members of Congress.
The tour typically begins in Austin for Texas participants. From there, the group flies to Washington, D.C., where they meet with approximately 1,500 other students from across the nation. Once in Washington, the tour participants get to see and tour many historic places such as Mount Vernon and the U.S. Capitol, where they can visit with their Texas Congressman, and tour the House and Senate chambers. Also included on the tour are historic sites like the National Cathedral, Ford’s Theatre and the Smithsonian museums, the Washington Monument, FDR Memorial, Kennedy Center, Kennedy’s grave, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery and Mount Vernon, as well as the Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial and Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
Eligible students must be in 10th, 11th or 12th grade and live full-time in a residence served by Lamar Electric Cooperative or attend one of the three high schools served by the co-op: Prairiland, Detroit and Faith Christian. Home-schooled students served by Lamar Electric Cooperative are also eligible.
The applications must be complete with a three-page essay. The topic this year is “Should electric linemen be considered first responders? Why or why not?” Submit essay and completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org or in person at 1485 N. Main St., Paris. The deadline is Friday, February 5, 2021.