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Youth News


Tory Tedder-Loffl and & Brianna Wall


It's All Over But the Shouting  Contest winners prepare for the big event: Youth Tour


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KLAHOMA ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE on April 3 awarded four high school juniors all- expenses-paid trips to Washington, D.C. as winners of the 2014 Youth Tour contest. T e winning students are Tanner Gatlin from


Newcastle, Jazzlyn Pennybaker from Moore, Tempie Stewart from Chickasha, and Preston Sturgell from Dibble. Harrison Williams from Norman was named an alternate. Applicants wrote an essay on the one—of seven—


cooperative principle they think is most important. Ten fi nalists were chosen to present their paper in front of OEC staff , the board of trustees, and guest judges.


"We invited the fi nalists and their families to a banquet at OEC's headquarters in Norman where the interviews—40 percent of their total score— and speeches took place," said Brianna Wall, OEC communications specialist and Youth Tour coordinator. "Finalists were judged on their knowledge of the subject, poise, creativity, and speaking ability. After all fi nalists presented excellent speeches, the judges deliberated and chose the winners." T e panel of judges included Megan Lawrence,


manager of member services and marketing at Rural Electric Cooperative in Lindsay, Okla.; Mark Braisher, D. Min., executive vice president for Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College; and Sen. Corey Brooks, who won Youth Tour in 1996 and now represents parts of Garvin, Grady, McClain, and Stephens Counties in the Oklahoma State Senate. Gatlin, Pennybaker, Stewart, and Sturgell will join 75 others from across Oklahoma this summer on Youth Tour—a week-long, all-expenses-paid trip to the nation’s capital. In addition to touring the famous landmarks of Washington, D.C. and its surrounding areas, Oklahoma’s group of students will enjoy a Broadway play, a dinner cruise on the Potomac River, and have the opportunity to meet and speak with Oklahoma’s Congressional delegation. T is year, OEC Communications Specialists Wall and Patti Rogers will join the group as chaperones. “Students usually return from the trip with a


renewed appreciation for American heroes and a host of new friends,” Wall said. “Patti and I are excited to join them on this once-in-a-lifetime trip.”


Jazzlyn Pennybaker of Moore makes eye contact when presenting her speech on Cooperative Principle 7: Concern for Community, the co-op principle most important to her.


14 www.okcoop.org May 2014


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