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Youth Tour

Youth Tour Winner’s Selected DCLA will represent KEC in D.C.

Kay Electric Cooperative’s Annual Youth Tour Banquet wrapped up on the evening of March 22. This year’s theme was “The Smart- Grid.” Students wrote about how it functions, what it is and how it plays an important role in today’s society and some even predicted what it could do in the future. School administrators and faculty, parents and KEC employees and directors, got the chance to learn about the smart-grid and other energy related topics while enjoy- ing a nice catered meal by the End of Main Catering out of Watonga. Baleigh Hutchison of

Deer Creek-Lamont High School and Connor Kirby also from Deer-Creek-Lamont High School were the big winners. Both will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. this sum- mer. Kari Adams of Medford

High School and Taylor Brown of Blackwell High School won all- expense-paid trips to Leadership Conference in Steamboat Springs, Colo. Cash prizes were awarded to Skylar Birdsall of Medford High School, Colby Love of Tonkawa High School,Tommi Cornell of Tonkawa High School and Jacob Blanton of Deer Creek-Lamont High School. “These eight finalists did an excellent job and I know their parents and teachers were very proud of them,” said Austin Partida, KEC’s youth tour coordi- nator.

The essay contest is open

to high school juniors from Black- well, Braman, Newkirk, Shidler, Deer Creek-Lamont, Ponca City, Garber, Billings, Tonkawa, Fron- tier and Medford. The eight final- ists were chosen by a third-party judge, who judged the written

essays on content, originality, grammar and neatness. The top four boys and four girls with the best essays were invited to attend the Youth Tour Banquet to pres- ent the essays in speech form and answer three questions from the judges. Judging the contest were Stacy Howeth from Oklahoma As- sociation of Electric Cooperatives, Clara Eulert from Indian Electric Cooperative and Mark Arnold with Stock Exchange Bank out of Caldwell, Kansas.

KEC has been sending lo-

cal high school juniors to Washing- ton, D.C., since 1963. “KEC’s Youth Tour

Banquet allows KEC employees, directors, school faculty, parents and most important the students to come together for a special evening,” Partida said. “All of the finalists are a winner, whether it’s the D.C. trip or a cash prize.” Hutchison and Kirby, as

the top winners, will also have the opportunity to compete at the state level for the coveted Okla- homa Representative on the Youth Consulting Board for the National Rural Electric Cooperative As- sociation in June.

Adams and Brown as

runner-ups will have the chance to be chosen as an Oklahoma Ambas- sador for the multi-state camp.

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