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Help us promote your event by sending event details in advance. Please send event information to Jennifer Boling/Inside Your Co-op/ PO Box 758, Hugo, OK 74743; or e-mail info to jboling@choctawelectric.coop. Events and dates are subject to change.


MAY 2-3


3-6 Valliant City-Wide Yard Sale


Red Slough Birding Convention, Mary Herron Conference Center, Idabel


9-11 Kiamichi Independent Bikers Rally & Bike Show Idabel


11 22 Mother’s Day


17-18 Beavers Bend Rod Run & Cool Cars


AARP Defensive Driving Class, CEC office, Antlers


23-25 Heartland Nationals 26


30-31 Hugo PRCA Rodeo


JUNE 7


Octavia Smithville Fish Fry & Pie Auction


13-14 Ft. Towson Homecoming 19-21 Kiamichi Owa-Chito Festival of the Forest, Beavers Bend


JULY 4


Freedom Fest, Haworth 25-26 Watermelon Festival, Valliant


Save This Date! The CEC Annual Meeting will be held on September 27 at the Hugo Rodeo Arena.


Birthday Greetings to CEC Employees


MAY 7 8 8


Joe Penson


Clint Leathers Jason Hicks


Atoka Motorsports Park, Atoka


Memorial Day. CEC closed for the holiday. To report a power outage,please call 800-780-6486.


Kayleigh Chance


t the risk of sounding like a mother hen, Choctaw Electric's Youth Tour Coordinator Tonia Allred offers a few words of advice to CEC's 2014 Youth Tour winners.


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"I always tell our Youth Tour teens to wear shoes that won't hurt their feet because they will be walking —a lot," Allred said. "They see a lot of sites, making new friends and having the time of their life, so I also advise them to be well rested before they begin."


CEC will send four teens to Washington D.C. for Youth Tour, which takes place June 13-19. Teens making the trip this year are


Kaleigh Chance, Soper High School: Faythe Snapp, Valliant High School Taylor Copeland, Antlers High School Ali Johnson, Idabel High School


Youth Tour is open to high school juniors in Choctaw, McCurtain and Pushmataha counties. The teens compete for the trip by writing a letter to the elected official of their choice. Eight finalists selected from each county advance to the second half of the competition, which is a short interview with Youth Tour judges. Winners are contacted after judges make their final decision.


“We’re always impressed by the teens who make it to the final stage,” Allred said. “They are all quality kids, and


Taylor Copeland Faythe Snapp Ali Johnson


they put a lot of effort and thought into their writing assignment.”


Judges select alternate delegates who may attend if, for some reason, a winner is unable to participate. Alternate delegates this year are: Kimberly Needham; Callie Bryant; and Kayla Ward.


Other Youth Tour finalists include Keely Thurman, Soper HS; Shawna Reynolds, Soper HS; Ashleigh Walden, Fort Towson HS; Tanazia Holloway, Hugo HS; Reed Wallace, Hugo HS; Levi Hayes, Fort Towson HS; Heath Jackson, Broken Bow HS; Prashant Patel, Broken Bow HS; Alex Froslie, Broken Bow HS; Jessica Parsons, Idabel HS; Ariannah Smith, Haworth HS; Chaydee Lawless, Valliant HS; Rachel Birchfield, Rattan HS; Zachery Hobbs, Rattan HS; Lindsey Williams, Antlers HS; Cyndi Durall, Antlers HS; Katelyn Reynolds, Antlers HS; and Lakayn Donison, Rattan HS.


“We want to thank these students for their participation,” said Allred. “They represent their electric co-op, their high school, and southeast Oklahoma very well, and we are proud of them.”


For more information on the 2014 Youth Tour, please visit www.oaec. coop or www.choctawelectric.coop.


For details on CEC’s Youth Tour contest, please call Tonia Allred at 800-780-6486, ext. 217.


Bon Voyage, Youth Tour delegates! Enjoy your trip! 6 | may 2014


Local Teens Prepare For D.C. Trip A word to the wise: Wear comfy shoes and get plenty of rest.


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