Local Students Win Youth Tour Trip to Washington, D.C.

Oklahoma Electric Cooperative (OEC) has awarded four high school juniors all-expenses-paid trips to Washington, D.C. as winners of the 2018 Youth Tour contest. While there, they will tour historic sites and national landmarks, enjoy a Broadway play, all learning what it means to be an actively involved citizen. Youth Tour has earned a reputation as “a trip of a lifetime” by former participants. 

All high school Juniors, winners include Josie McFarland and Jasmine Williams of Newcastle, Audrey Bradford of Amber-Pocasset, and Lauren Berry of Westmoore. Each student was selected to travel with the Oklahoma delegation (70+ students) to our nation’s capital for the National Rural Electric Youth Tour, June 8-14, 2018.

 “Eight finalists each gave a presentation on an energy topic followed by a Q&A with the judges,” said Tory Tedder-Loffland, OEC education and outreach coordinator. “Their topic choices clearly indicated that renewables and cleaner forms of fuel are very important to this generation. Several contestants mentioned how they appreciate OEC’s Solar Garden and value the high percentage of renewable energy in our fuel mix.”

The finalists all attended a pre-banquet presentation workshop conducted by Jim Friedemann of Focal Point Consulting and presented to three independent judges at the Youth Tour banquet held at OEC headquarters Monday night. The panel of judges for the competition included Caleb Slinkard, editor of The Norman Transcript, Jarrod Van Zant, manager of public relations at Canadian Valley Electric Cooperative, and Melanie Wilderman, associate professor of journalism at OU’s Gaylord College of Journalism & Mass Communication.

OEC will be sending the other four finalists, Amaya Hamilton, Case Harding, Gabriel Campbell and Kaleb Cosgrave to Camp RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) at Goddard Youth Camp.

“We are excited for the bright futures ahead of these eight outstanding students who will be representing OEC in the nation’s capital and at Camp RYLA this summer,” said Tedder-Loffland.

For more information on Youth Tour contact Tory at Tory@okcoop.org.

About OEC

Oklahoma Electric Cooperative is the state’s largest member-owned electric cooperative and provides electricity to over 44,000 members and 55,000 accounts in seven central Oklahoma counties. The service area includes approximately 2,200 square miles and 5,500 miles of line.