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Youth Programs  A lot is happening in 2014


Alyssa Smith and


Ashtin Green on Jan. 18 were awarded $250 scholarships and seats representing OEC at the 2014 Touchstone Energy® Summit.


Leadership Smith, a Newcastle High School junior, and Green,


an Amber-Pocasset High School senior, joined students sponsored by our sister electric co-ops around the state for a one-day leadership workshop led by Rhett Laubach, professional communicator, leadership expert, and founder of YourNextSpeaker, LLC and Personal Leadership Insight, Inc. Te program stimulated the minds of all 30 students in attendance, many of whom reported feeling inspired to use the lessons learned to make a difference back home. Laubach and his team—all with extensive FFA backgrounds—led students on a journey of personal growth. Trough interactive activities, participants learned how their positive choices and attitudes can affect the quality of life for themselves and others. Te day culminated in a trip to see the Oklahoma


City Barons hockey team battle the Milwaukee Admirals. Te Barons won 2-1.


Youth Tour It’s not too late to submit your essay


for the 2014 Youth Tour contest. Scan the QR code with your smartphone or visit www.okcoop.org to download the information packet. Applications and essays are due Mar. 3.


$10,000 scholarship available for Youth Tour alums Youth Tour alumni can apply for the Glenn


English National Cooperative Leadership Foundation scholarship. Sixteen former OEC Youth Tour participants dating back to 2009 may be eligible to apply if they have completed at least one year of college. “Each year, the foundation will present a $10,000


award to a student who has previously participated in NRECA’s Washington Electric Youth Tour,” said National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) CEO Jo Ann Emerson. Glenn English, former NRECA CEO—and


Oklahoma U.S. Representative from Cordell, Okla.— led the national organization from 1994 until his retirement in 2013. His passion for educating youth about cooperatives and leadership lives on through this Foundation. “Glenn loved the Youth Tour program,” Emerson


said. “He believed the Youth Tour program was a great way of nurturing the next generation of leadership for the nation’s cooperatives.” “Tis scholarship is designed to support students who want to make a real difference,” said Curtis Nolan, president of the NRECA Board and chairman of the foundation board. “Te selection of our awardees will be from among those most committed to the future of their rural communities.” Applications will be accepted through March.


Leadership Summit winners Ashtin Green and Alyssa Smith display their $250 scholarship certificates with YourNextSpeaker leadership trainers Kelly Barnes, Rhett Laubach, and Dustin Galyon.


12 January 2014


Students must include a link to a video testimonial explaining how they have demonstrated one of the seven cooperative principles. Te application can be found by visiting http://bit.ly/YTscholarship.


Brianna Wall


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