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coming up in Kiamichi Country


June 6


Cardboard Boat Regatta Long Lake Resort, Poteau


June 11-14


What About Bob Chuckwagon Races 3610 Hayes Rd, Wilburton


June 19-20


Wilburton Round-Up Club Rodeo Round-Up Club Arena, Wilburton


June 20-21


Summer Solstice Walks Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center, Spiro


June 26-27


Wheels-N-Deals Dewey Ave., Poteau


June 27


Blue Mountain Cruzers Car & Truck Show Pool Park, Hartshorne


July 2


Boom in the Valley Fireworks Show 1 Choctaw Way, Talihina


July 4


Celebrate America 501 S. Broadway, Poteau


Stars-N-Stripes Funfest Southeast Expo, McAlester


Fireworks Over Lake Carlton Robbers Cave State Park, Wilburton


July 17-18


Phil Gardenhire Memorial Rodeo Gardenhire Memorial Arena, Poteau


July 23-25


Whole Hawg Days Festival and Hawg Run Eufaula


Congrats To Grads!


Kiamichi Electric’s Operation Roundup is pleased to announce its 2015 scholarship recipients. Operation Roundup provides $500 scholarships to local students to pursue a higher education. The scholarships may be used at any college, university or technical school.


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Kiamichi Electric Youth Tour winners join teen leaders from across the country for week-long tour of Washington D.C.


week in our nation’s capital? The tour of a lifetime! On June 12, Kiamichi Electric and other Oklahoma co-ops will sponsor high school students to Washington, D.C. for the 2015 Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. Oklahoma will send 69 students, representing 25 electric co-ops.


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The all-expense-paid trip encourages youth to become leaders in their local communities. “Youth Tour is our way of encouraging teen leadership. In today’s world, it’s difficult for rural kids to feel connected to the political process,” said Todd Minshall, Kiamichi Electric manager of member services. “We’re happy to give them the opportunity to see where laws are made, and visit the sites that honor our country’s history.”


Tanna Heddleston of Savanna High School and Kenny Lawson of McCurtain High School will represent Kiamichi Electric on the 2015 Youth Tour. The teens earned their place on the tour by writing winning essays in the co-op’s Youth Tour essay contest.


While in D.C., the teens will visit many of the major monuments and memorials, including the Washington, Lincoln,


Tanna Heddleston Kenny Lawson


F.D.R. and Jefferson Memorials. They will spend time on Capitol Hill meeting with Oklahoma’s congressional members and staff, and will enjoy the opportunity to connect with other student leaders just like them from across the country.


“Kiamichi Electric is proud of our Youth Tour winners, and pleased to offer them this opportunity,” said Minshall. “We know they are next in line to lead the way.”


To learn more about the Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour, visit www.nreca.coop/ what-we-do/youth-programs. For details on Kiamichi Electric’s Youth Tour competition, please visit www.kiamichielectric.org.


Congratulations to our 2015 scholars!


Glen Kendrick Colton Tubbs Emily Rea


Britanny England Ruben Lopez


Brandon Fogarty Avery Loman


To learn more about the college scholarships available from Operation Roundup, please visit www.kiamichielectric.org., or call your co-op at 800-888-2731 or 918-465-2338.


hat happens when 1,500 of America’s best and brightest students come together for one


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