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Youth Tour Winners Talk up Rural Leadership Winning essays on the topic will carry two teens all the way to Washington, DC


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iamichi Electric's 2013 Youth Tour Contest encouraged students to ponder the need for rural leadership


in their community. The essays on the subject revealed that local teens possess a remarkable understanding of their rural needs and why building better communities depends on all of us.


From the essays entered in the contest, Kiamichi Electric Youth Tour judges selected two winners.


KEC 2013 Youth Tour winners are Sarah Cole, daughter of Robert and Cara Cole; and Madison Slawson, daughter of Ron and Paula Slawson. Both teens attend Kiowa High School.


"In rural communities today, a positive influence is greatly needed. We need leaders to let our voices be heard as a whole and to take action for the improvement of our communities."" —SARAH COLE


KIOWA HIGH SCHOOL


"Much of Oklahoma's rural population is dependent on agriculture or gas/ oil production for their income. We need strong leaders at state and national levels to pass


legislation that will help these industries grow. "


—MADISON SLAWSON KIOWA HIGH SCHOOL


The paid will travel to Washington DC with a delegation of other Oklahoma Youth Tour winners and chaperons June 14- 20, 2013. Their trip includes stops and sightseeing at many famous memorials, monuments, museums and historic sites in and around Washington DC. A special highlight of the trip is an evening riverboat cruise along the Potomac River.


Kiamichi Electric is proud to share excerpts from the winning essays in this issue of the Light Post. Congratulations, Sarah and Madeline, on your accomplishment. Have a wonderful trip! ■


Youth Tour Reunion set for July 20 in Midwest City


Youth Tour winners, chaperons and sponsors of all ages will have plenty to talk about at the upcoming Oklahoma Youth Tour Reunion.


The event on Saturday, July 20, 2013 will be held at the Reed Convention Center, located at I-40 and Sooner Road in Midwest City. The event kicks off with a reception followed by two outstanding speakers and special photo/video presentation.


All friends and family are welcome to attend. Registration for the event is free for the Youth Tour participant and one guest. Additional guests are $10 each to cover the cost of food.


Jennifer Dempsey, Oklahoma Youth


Tour coordinator, said they are expecting a big crowd and fun is guaranteed. “We will have photo booths, a photo video presentation, great speakers, food, and


free reunion t-shirts for each of our Youth Tour participants in attendance,” she said.


Participants are encouraged to bring Youth Tour memorabilia and other items related to their Youth Tour experience.


For details, visit the Oklahoma Youth Tour Reunion page on Facebook, or contact Jennifer Dempsey at 405-478-1455.


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