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Youth To Washington

Parker Moses of Flora represented Clay Electric Co-operative, Inc. in Washington, D.C., during the annual “Youth to Washington” Tour, June 12-19. This event, sponsored by the electric and telephone cooperatives of Illinois since the late 1950s, is an introduction for rural youth to our democratic form of government and the cooperative business model.

    Moses met with Congressman John Shimkus and was among 65 rural Illinois youth leaders selected for the trip. The Illinois students joined more than 1,660 young leaders from across the country from 44 states. In addition to the Capitol, they also visited Gettysburg, Arlington National Cemetery, the Washington National Cathedral, several Smithsonian Museums, The U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the World War II Memorial, memorials to Presidents Lincoln, Jefferson, Washington and Roosevelt, the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, the Newseum and a number of other historical sites.

    Juniors in high schools, that are children of parent(s) that are Clay Electric Co-operative, Inc. members, are eligible to participate in the annual program.

    Here are some of the sights Parker got to visit while on the Tour, along with having the chance to meet with Congressman John Shimkus.