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POWER CIRCUIT


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Published for the members of Verdigris Valley Electric Cooperative A Supplement to Oklahoma Living.


OAEC Annual Meeting Recap p. 3


Youth Tour Finalists Win Trip to Washington, D.C., Scholarships


Oologah-Talala English teacher Rebekah


Askew helps her students prepare to give oral presentations of their essays before the VVEC Youth Tour banquet April 5. Standing next to Askew are (left to right) Colton Hayes, Tucker Nesbitt, Luke Stringer and Luke Sterling.


are Tucker Nesbitt and Luke Sterling, who each won $500 scholarships. Tucker is the son of Kenneth and


For two Oologah-Talala High School


students, this summer is going to be a memorable one. Luke Stringer and Colton Hayes will


spend a week in Washington, D. C. as winners of VVEC’s annual Youth Tour essay contest. They were two of four finalists, all of


whom are juniors at Oologah-Talala High School and students of Rebekah Askew’s advanced placement (AP) English class. Luke is the son of Dr. Bill and Shelly


Stringer. He is the Oologah Stallion Bat- talion drum major, along with being a member of the National Honor Society, OHS Science Club, Swim and Soccer teams, and serves as secretary of the


History Club. He is captain of the OHS academic team, where he is also a state qualifier. Luke is also a member of the Boy Scouts and Venture Scouts, team and crew #199, and will soon be an Eagle Scout.


He plans to attend college after high


school and major in architecture. Colton Hayes is the son of David and Connie Hayes. In addition to his AP classes at OHS, he is also taking college courses. He is the treasurer of the Busi- ness Professionals of America club, and is on the OHS tennis team. He too plans to attend college, and is interested in graphic design. Rounding out the team of finalists


Tonja Nesbitt. He is on the OHS tennis and swim teams, and plans to study some type of engineering degree in college. Luke is the son of Robert Sterling and Carla Lamberson. His interests lean toward music; he is a member of the high school band, and is worship leader at the Oologah Assembly of God Church. He plans to go to college and concentrate on being a sound engineer or music pro- ducer. “These four young men are outstand- ing individuals, and accomplished stu- dents,” says Kay Rabbitt-Brower, VVEC Youth Tour and Energy Camp coordi- nator. “We are delighted they chose to participate in the competition this year, and feel each of them is a winner.” Rabbitt-Brower goes on the say “We


also want to thank their teacher Rebekah Askew for continuing to be a strong sup- porter of our program. Because of that support and her dedication to her stu- dents, we frequently have Oologah-Talala students as finalists and winners.” This year’s Youth Tour is June 15


through June 21.


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