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Lamar Electric Co-Op Youth Tour winners announced


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Lamar Electric Cooperative has announced the winners of the Government-In-Action Youth Tour are Damon Hall and Jaymee Blount. The students submitted an essay about circumstances where they demonstrated leadership skills.

Many essays were submitted and only two were selected for this all-expenses-paid trip to Washington D.C.


Jaymee is the daughter of co-op members, Rodney and Robyn Blount of Bogata and is a homeschooled senior.

Damon is the son of co-op members, Dana and Jeff Mayes of Reno and is a junior at Chisum High School.

These two students and more than 100 students from other cooperatives in Texas will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C. to tour our nation’s capital and many historic sites in and around Washington D.C. The trip will take place from June 12-21, 2019.

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According to Lamar Electric Communications Director, Katie Morris, the tour will originate in Austin, Texas.

Morris says “From there, the group will fly to Washington D.C. where they will meet with approximately 1,200 other students from across the nation.”

Once in Washington, the tour participants will get to see and tour many historic places such as Mount Vernon and the U.S. Capitol, where they will visit with their Texas Congressman, and tour the House & Senate chambers. These students will also get to visit the White House.

Also included on the tour will be places like the Supreme Court and Library of Congress, Washington National Cathedral, George Washington’s home at Mount Vernon, Smithsonian Institution and Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington Monument, Arlington Cemetery, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Jefferson Memorial, Korean Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and Vietnam Memorial.

Morris says, “Lamar Electric Cooperative sponsors students on this trip each year. These students must live in a home served by Lamar Electric or attend a school served by Lamar Electric.”

Lamar Electric is a not-for-profit cooperative providing electric service to members in Lamar, Red River and Delta counties.

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