Local girl earns trip to D.C.

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By The Staff

Each year Clay Electric selects four high school juniors to enjoy an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. during the nation's Youth Week in June. Arielle Claude of Williston High School was selected as a winner in this year's Youth Tour to Washington Contest and will spend a week in Washington D.C. June 14-19.

The three other winners who will join Claude are Lauren Moore of Fleming Island High School, Drew Burgett of Santa Fe High School and Clint Williams of Union County High School.

Thirteen high school juniors, selected as representatives by their respective high schools, took part in this year's Youth Tour program. The students traveled to Tallahassee April 8-10, where they observed the state legislature in session, learned about the Florida Supreme Court and competed to be one of the four students selected to visit Washington D.C. in June. As part of the competition, the students took a written quiz about electric cooperatives and gave a speech which was scored by a non-partisan panel of judges. The four individuals with the highest scores in both areas were chosen as the winners.

The Youth Tour program at Clay Electric was implemented in the summer of 1966. At that time two students were chosen to travel to Washington, D.C. through an essay contest.