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ortheast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative’s proud tradition of supporting youth activities throughout its service territory continues in 2013 with the spon-


sorship of two essay contests. Four deserving winners were selected in each of the two contests and were awarded a unique opportunity to spend a week of their summer vacation partici- pating in an enriching, once-in-a-lifetime experience.


Youth Tour NEOEC is sending four area high school juniors on a


week-long tour of our nation’s capital, June 14-20. Youth Tour is celebrating 50 years of sending young people to Washington, D.C., and our cooperative has always sponsored the best and brightest students from northeast Oklahoma on this all-ex- pense-paid, educational trip. Te 2013 Youth Tour will get underway Friday evening,


June 14, with the traditional “Get Acquainted Banquet” at the Airport Holiday Inn in Oklahoma City. Te Oklahoma contin- gent of kids (there are over 60) will leave bright and early the following morning. Te trip will include stops at the Kennedy Center; Ar-


lington Cemetery; Smithsonian Museum; Air & Space Mu- seum; Ford’s Teater and Peterson House Museums; Lincoln, Vietnam and Korean War Memorials; White House; Jefferson and Roosevelt Memorials; Library of Congress; World War II Memorials; Holocaust Museum; Ronald Reagan Building; International Trade Center; Mount Vernon; Old Alexandria Christ Church; National Cathedral; Iwo Jima Memorial; U.S. Marine Sunset Parade; Pentagon; U.S. Botanical Gardens; U.S. Capitol Building; International Spy Museum; Awakening Man Statue; and more. Youth Tour will be comprised of six solid days of activities


from 7 a.m. until approximately 10 p.m. before wrapping up and returning home on Tursday, June 20. As selected by the Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative board of trustees, 2013 Youth Tour qualifiers from our area included: Pryor High School’s Tayler Brooner, daughter of Charles and Melissa Brooner; Kansas High School’s Holly Welch, daughter of An- gela Morton; Pryor High School’s Brittany Burgess, daughter of Gina Burgess; and Vinita High School’s Calem Holland, son of Steve and Dena Holland. For having the best overall Youth Tour essay, Vinita High School’s Madalyn Alger received a cash prize. Grove High School’s Sarah Schuler was selected as a Youth Tour alternate and received a cash prize for her efforts.


Energy Camp Te cooperative is also sending four eighth-grade students


from its service territory on a week-long adventure at Canyon Camp in Hinton, Oklahoma, May 28-31, 2013. At Energy Camp, students will enjoy a number of activities


that combine fun and education. Not only will they be able to swim and play volleyball, they’ll also experience the life of a cooperative lineman first-hand with a ride in a bucket truck and some electric pole climbing. Kids at Energy Camp will have fun while building valuable leadership skills that will last


Michelle Trapp, Cleora


a lifetime. Tey’ll hear speakers address topics such as: Life Be- fore Electricity, Managing a Rural Electric Cooperative, and Being a Co-op Board Member. Tey’ll tour Caddo Electric Cooperative, witness a pole-top rescue demon- stration, and visit Western Farmer’s Electric Cooperative for a facilities tour.


A group trip to Celebration Station for a round of go-carts, batting


cages, video games and pizza will give kids a break from the camp experience Wednesday aſter- noon and evening. Activities will begin winding


down Tursday, which is highlight- ed by an evening pizza party and Kickin’ Karaoke & DJ dance. Kids will load up and return home Friday. Northeast Oklahoma Electric


Cooperative will be sending four to Energy Camp this summer. Win- ning essays qualified the following students for the trip: Cleora School’s Michelle Trapp, daughter of Wayne and Dena Trapp; Ketchum Middle School’s Joshua Hutches- on, son of Jason and Kimberly Hutcheson; Adair Middle School’s Abi Birky, daughter of David and Charlene Birky; and Adair Middle School’s Mattie Johnston, daughter of Steve and Dana Shrum. “We have been impressed by


Abi Birky, Adair


the effort of all participants—not just the winners—in our youth programs contests this year,” remarked Amy Claborn, youth


programs coordinator for the cooperative. “Tere were many quality entries and our board and panel of judges had a difficult time narrowing down the list of finalists.” Added Claborn: “It is also


important to recognize the teachers in the classrooms where these essays were produced. Without instructors, the timely completion and submis- sion of these entries would have been more challenging. “We have a good group of


students this year. I’m sure they will all make the most of their Youth Tour and Energy Camp experiences.”


Joshua Hutcheson, Ketchum


Mattie Johnston, Adair


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