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Clay Electric Co-operative students return from Washington, DC

Sam Larch of Rinard, Chyanne Plumb of Louisville and Justice Robey of Louisville represented Clay Electric Cooperative in Washington, D.C., during the annual "Youth to Washington" Tour, June 10-17. This event, sponsored by the electric and telephone cooperatives of Illinois since the late 1950s, is an introduction to our democratic form of government and cooperatives for rural youth.

The students met with Congressman John Shimkus and were among 64 rural Illinois youth leaders selected for the trip. The Illinois students joined more than 1,691 young leaders from across the country. In addition to the Capitol, they also visited Arlington National Cemetery, the Washington National Cathedral, several Smithsonian Museums, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the World War II Memorial, memorials to Presidents Lincoln, Jefferson, Washington and Roosevelt, the National Archives, the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, the Newseum and a number of other historical sites.

Juniors in high school, are eligible to participate in the annual program. To learn more about the "Youth to Washington" Tour go to or

Pictured from left: Sam Larch, Chyanne Plumb, Justice Robey and Congressman John Shimkus. Clay Electric Cooperative is a member of Touchstone Energy - an alliance of 750 local, consumer-owned electric utilities around the country. Clay Electric Co-operative serves more than 3,233 meters over 923 miles of line in parts of Clay, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Marion, Richland and Wayne counties. For more information visit