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ith more than 45 years of experience in the electric utility industry, Neal ‘Buddy’ Grubbs is a valuable asset to Tri-County Electric’s team. He is a relay technician, maintaining Tri-County Electric’s system protection equipment and performing the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) relay testing. Buddy joined Tri-County Electric in 2007 after 42 years


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with Xcel Energy. At Xcel, he spent ten years in the substation department and 32 years as a Class A Relay Technician. Buddy is a graduate of the Denver Institute of Electronics. “I was ready to retire from a large company and already knew


several people at Tri-County,” says Buddy. “I decided this would be a great place to work. I enjoy all aspects of my work and the people I work with. Each day presents some type of challenge for me.”


Buddy grew up in Borger, Texas, and continues to live


there today. He is married to Wanda and they have three grown children and five grandchildren.


does. Joanna is a senior at Tyrone High School and was selected as the Electrifying Student of the Month for September for demonstrating Touchstone Energy’s core values of accountability, innovation, integrity and commitment to community. She was presented with a $100 gift certificate and award. As a kindergarten student, Joanna was less than reassured about the classroom experience and often left school due to her fears and anxiety. “Every little kid needs an adult that will help them





and support them to be a good kid,” said Joanna about her kindergarten experience. “They need someone to be there to hug them and tell them it will be okay.” Joanna plans to attend Northwestern State University to study elementary education in order to be a kindergarten teacher herself and give kids that needed daily hug. In high school, Joanna is busy as the head cheerleader; she also plays in softball, basketball and is a member of the National Honor Society. Joanna is always sure to help raise funds for her class and volunteer for extra duties. Ron Glenn of Tyrone nominated Joanna. He cited her dedication to improving her school as a true inspiration to others. “Joanna has served as a mentor to underclassmen during her


high school years, helping younger students acquire the values of integrity, accountability, and commitment to community,” said Glenn. Janell Ruback of Tyrone is Joanna’s mother. Her grandparents are Donna Shilling and the late Robert Shilling.


Electrifying Student: Joanna Ruback


ot many students can attribute their inspiration for their career choice back to kindergarten, but Joanna Ruback


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