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Local Student Wins Trip To Washington, DC

Clara Mae Carpenter


Clara Carpenter will join more than 150 Texas teens on the Youth Tour on June 16-23, 2024.

Lamar Electric Cooperative is excited to announce that Clara from Detroit High School will represent the cooperative in June on this unforgettable trip to Washington, D.C.

They selected Carpenter from among a pool of talented applicants who entered Lamar EC’s 2024 Government-in-Action Youth Tour contest. Her prize is a place on the 2024 trip to the nation’s capital, where she will join more than 150 other Texas teens to explore monuments and museums, meet with elected officials, and forge lasting memories and lifelong friendships.

Youth Tour has been a Texas co-op tradition since 1965, when the state’s electric cooperatives banded together to send 58 deserving high school students on this unforgettable trip. Educating and mentoring
young people fit in with co-ops’ mission to empower and enrich the communities they serve. Since the program’s inception, more than 4,600 Texans have participated in the Youth Tour, and nearly as many look back on it as the trip of a lifetime.

This year, Carpenter will begin her adventure in Austin, where winners from across the state will meet one another and start forging bonds before boarding a flight to Washington. Once there, the itinerary is jam-
packed with sightseeing and meaningful events, including a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and appointments with congressional representatives.

After her week in Washington, Carpenter will return home with a deeper understanding of our nation’s history and a wealth of experiences she will never forget.

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