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Packed for Summer

Local students win electric co-op youth leadership trips

Seven local students who will represent TCEC as delegates on youth trips this summer share a common goal: to achieve and experience through opportunities.

Youth Tour Delegates

TCEC’s Gold Award recipients will join 1,500 students from across the United States in Washington, D.C., to attend the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Youth Tour June 8-14.  During this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, the students will meet their elected U.S. representatives, visit national monuments and forge new friendships. The delegates TCEC will send to Youth Tour are:

  • Chloe Hendrich, Turpin High School
  • Natalie Nevarez, Yarbrough High School
  • Shayden Hanes, Elkhart High School

Youth Tour Winners

Youth Leadership Camp Delegates

Two Silver Award recipients will join 100 other students on a trip to Steamboat Springs, Colorado, to attend Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp July 13-18. The leadership camp is filled with activities such as whitewater rafting, fishing and sessions in developing leadership skills. The delegates TCEC will send to the Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp are:

  • Daniel Ortega, Guymon High School
  • Landon Wiggin, Yarbrough High School

Energy Camp Delegates

Two eighth grade students were selected to attend the Energy Camp at Canyon Camp near Hinton, Oklahoma. Each of the winners were presented their award at a surprise school assembly. The delegates TCEC will send to Energy Camp are:

  • Virginia Buller, Turpin Junior High
  • Trenton Fulton, Boise City Junior High

The delegates will spend May 29 – June 1 participating in youth leadership activities, learning what it’s like to be a lineman, learning the co-op way and making friends through small group interactions and competitions. Campers will also get the opportunity to participate in volleyball tournaments, swimming, hiking and a ropes course. They will experience the exciting world of electricity, climb poles and watch a co-op crew at work. Plus, they will have the opportunity to build their own cooperative by working with new friends and honing their leadership skills.

Cooperation Among Cooperatives

Exemplifying the Sixth Cooperative Principle of “Cooperation Among Cooperatives,” TCEC invited two judges from other cooperatives to independently judge the competition. The judges were Jonna Hensley, Northwest Electric Cooperative in Woodward, and Rae Gorman, Pioneer Electric Cooperative in Ulysses, Kansas.

Anyone interested in learning more about TCEC youth trips can visit www.tcec.coop under the Community tab.

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