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Free trips available to 11th grade students


Youth gain leadership skills and cooperative knowledge BY ERIN MOORE, Member Relations Specialist





igh school juniors have a special opportunity to apply once for three free trips


available from Tri-County Electric Cooperative. While the grand prize is a week-long trip to Washington, D.C., all three trips offer learning experiences, leadership skills and the chance to build lifelong friendships with students from across the state and beyond.


Seven winners will be selected to attend the free trips listed below. The Washington, D.C. Youth Tour trip is the grand prize. Those students selected for the trip will be removed from the competition for the remaining trips. Of the remaining students, two will be awarded the trip to Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp in Colorado and two students will be selected to attend the Co-op Leadership Summit in Oklahoma City.


Students interested in attending any of these trips only need to apply through a single application and interview process. Applications are available from the cooperative’s website at www.nmle. coop and through school counselors. Questions should be directed to Erin Moore, member relations specialist, at 800-522-3315, ext. 826, or via email to info@nmle.coop.


Washington, D.C. Youth Tour


Award: Three students will be selected to attend the trip with one student serving as alternate Dates: June 14-20, 2013


Students will leave for the nation’s capital from Oklahoma City with winners from other cooperatives around the state.


While in Washington, D.C. students will visit memorials such as the Jefferson, Lincoln, Vietnam, Korean, and World War II, among other sites. They will enjoy a river boat cruise, have lunch at the Hard Rock Café and of course, visit the United States Capitol building along with the Smithsonian Museums, National Archives, Holocaust Museum, and Arlington Cemetery. They will meet with their legislators and learn about cooperatives. Friendships will be made and lives will be changed. The trip is a once in a lifetime opportunity available only to 11th grade students.


Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp


Steamboat Springs, Colorado Award: Two students will be selected to attend the camp Dates: July 13-19, 2013


This seven day adventure will take the selected winners from Kansas to the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado into Steamboat Springs. Campers will meet students from Kansas, Colorado,


Oklahoma and Wyoming during the trip. Highlights include rafting the Colorado River, volleyball tournaments, attending a dance, visiting a coal mine, and visiting an electric generation plant. Students will learn leadership skills and how cooperatives operative while having a blast. A few lucky campers will be selected as ambassadors to return to the camp the following year as counselors. Best of all, the trip is free!


Co-op Leadership Summit


Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Award: Two students will be selected to attend the summit Date: Spring 2013


Leadership Summit is held at Express Events Center in Oklahoma City, attendees will enjoy a professional sporting event and will be awarded a $250 scholarship in addition to the trip. Not only is the trip free, you earn a scholarship toward your college of choice! 


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