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Essay’s for Youth Tour Contest are due


March 1 Kay Electric is giving two area high school juniors the opportu- nity to win an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. in its annual Youth Tour Contest. The Rural Electric Youth Tour


program has brought over 1,500 high school students to Wash- ington, D.C. every June, since the early 1960s. To date, nearly 50,000 students have repre- sented electric cooperatives across America through this unique program. To participate, students must write a 500-word essay. This


year’s topic: A cooperative is a not for


profit business organization owned and operated by a group of individuals for their mutual benefit. Co-ops are democratically controlled by members voluntarily united to meet a common economic, social and/or cultural need


8th Graders Do you know of an eighth grader who demonstrates leadership skills, enjoys being outdoors and wants to have fun this summer? Let’s send ’em to YouthPower Energy Camp! Energy Camp will take place


May 28 - May 31, 2013, at Red Rock Canyon near Hinton, Okla. Teens who attend the camp will enjoy four days of fun activities


8 • Kay Electric Cooperative


to attend banquet


such as the need for elec- tric or telephone service in rural areas. Other examples include food, housing and childcare co-ops. Identify a need in your community or school that would lend itself to the formation of a coop- erative. Why do you think the need is not currently be- ing met? Why is the need im- portant to your community? Explain how you would go about attracting members to join your cooperative. In oth- er words, sell us on your pro- posed cooperative. KEC will select eight finalists in March. The


finalists will present their essay in speech form and answer questions from a panel of judges. The top two presenters will represent KEC on Youth Tour in Washington D.C. on June 15-21; second-place winners will receive a trip to Steamboat Springs, Colo., third- and fourth- place winners will receive cash prizes. Students must be a high


school junior attending a school in KEC’s service territory to be


YouthPower Energy Camp For Area


that help build leadership skills, teach about electric coopera- tives, and introduce campers to like-minded peers from across the state. All camp expenses are paid by Kay Electric and trans- portation to and from camp is provided by the co-op. To win the trip to Energy Camp,


KEC is asking eighth graders to write a 250-word essay about:


“Imagine a day without Electric- ity.” All essays need to be turned in to KEC by March 1, 2013. KEC will select four teens to


attend the camp this year. For more details, please contact Austin Partida at apartida@ kayelectric.coop or 1-800-535- 1079, or visit www.kayelectric. coop.


eligible to compete. You do not have to be a member of KEC. Essays are due by


Wednesday, March 1, 2013. For more information visit KEC’s website, www.kayelectric.coop, or contact Austin Partida at 580- 363-1260 or toll-free at 1-800- 535-1079.


Contest information can be viewed on KEC’s Youth Tour 2013 Facebook Page and on KEC’s website.


http://www.facebook.com/ pages/Kay-Electric-Youth-Tour- 2013/269530169770302?ref=hl


10701 kayelectric.coop


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