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Students On Trip To D.C.

Brennan Plett

Gus Tietjen

Gus Tietjen

Brennan Plett and Gus Tietjen will join more than 150 Texas teens on Youth Tour, June 11-18, 2023.

Brennan Plett from Trinity Christian Academy, and Gus Tietjen from Rivercrest High School, get to spend a week in Washington, D.C., this summer on a trip that seasoned tourists would envy, thanks to Lamar Electric Cooperative.

Lamar Electric Cooperative selected Plett and Tietjen from among a pool of talented applicants who entered Lamar Electric’s Youth Tour contest. Their prize is on the 2023 Government-in-Action Youth Tour, an all-expenses-paid leadership trip to Washington, D.C., June 11-18, with more than 150 other Texas teens and 1,900 students from across the country.

Youth Tour is a long and storied co-op tradition that fits into cooperatives’ mission to empower and enrich the communities they serve. Since the program’s inception in 1965, more than 4,400 Texans have gone on the trip, which for many is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the monuments and museums of the nation’s capital, meet with elected officials, and forge lasting memories and lifelong friendships.

This year Plett and Tietjen’s adventure kicks off in Austin with a tour of the state Capitol and the Bullock Texas State History Museum. Then, Brennan and Gus, along with fellow Texans, will fly to Washington to begin a whirlwind tour of the nation’s capital, visiting Arlington National Cemetery, Mount Vernon, the Smithsonian Institution, memorials, and more.

Activities include:

  • Learning about rural electrification.
  • Going on a Potomac River cruise with dinner and dancing.
  • Meeting with congressional representatives.

The trip lasts just ten days, but the experiences will shape participants’ lives for years.

By educating and mentoring the young people of our communities, Lamar Electric Coop hopes to provide today’s youth with the tools they need to become the leaders of tomorrow. Youth Tour is just one way we work toward that goal.

For more information about Youth Tour, visit, find the Texas Youth Tour Alumni page on Facebook, or ask Lamar Electric for a copy of Your Tour magazine.