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New component added to 2015 Youth Tour contest


speech phases of the 2015 Youth Tour contest. T is will be the fi rst year students will have the opportunity to hone their leadership and public speaking skills prior to the fi nalists’ speech and awards banquet. “In an eff ort to make the Youth


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Tour program the best it can be, Rhett Laubach will lead next year’s fi nalists in a leadership training workshop,” said Tory Tedder- Loffl and, communications specialist and youth programs coordinator. “We are excited to add this phase to our annual Youth Tour contest and hope the students will use the information learned not only in the contest but throughout their daily lives.” Laubach is a professional


communicator, author and leadership expert and founder/operator of YourNextSpeaker, LLC with over 20 years of speaking and training experience. He leads the annual Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives


one-day leadership development course will accompany the essay and


Leadership Summit for 30 high school students from across the state and will implement a similar program in the Youth Tour contest. Youth Tour, a seven-day, all-


expenses-paid trip to Washington D.C., each year is awarded to four high school juniors in OEC’s service territory. T ey join 70 others from across Oklahoma and nearly 2,000 more from across the nation in D.C. to tour historical sites and national landmarks. Next year will be Oklahoma’s 52nd year to send students to the nation’s capital. “Ten fi nalists compete for only


four spots on Youth Tour,” said Tedder-Loffl and. “Our goal is to give each of the fi nalists something valuable. T ey are already winners for making it to the contest’s fi nal round.” Tedder-Loffl and will be visiting


classrooms this fall to present this opportunity to juniors — it’s been dubbed by previous winners as “the trip of a lifetime.” To schedule a presentation or to request program materials, contact Tedder-Loffl and at 217-6726 or tory@okcoop.org.


Deadlines and Important Dates Essay deadline: Feb. 2 Workshop:


Banquet:


March 7 March 26


Youth Tour: June 12-18


The 2015 Youth Tour essay question:


Cooperatives follow a set of guidelines called the Rochdale Principles. Which one of the seven principles do you find most important and why?


Download the 2015


Youth Tour Resource Guide at http://bit.ly/Youth15 or scan the barcode with your mobile device.


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