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Youth Tour Winners Announced

Date: March 14, 2018
Topics: Press Releases

Juniors Makenzie Hill from Vanoss High School and Coleman Prince from Ada High School have been chosen as delegates to the 53rd annual Washington D.C. Youth Tour, an all-expense paid leadership experience coordinated by the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives and sponsored by Peopleís Electric Cooperative (PEC).

Since 1964, more than 50,000 young Americans have taken advantage of this special opportunity offered by their local electric cooperative. PEC alone has sent 93 students since 1964.

ďTo be chosen for the trip is a real honor,Ē PECís vice-president of corporate communications and community relations Jennifer Boeck said. ďParticularly since applicants vie for the coveted two spots alongside other teens across PECís eleven county service area who are community volunteers, student athletes, and members of respected academic organizations such as National Honor Society, student council, Future Business Leaders of America, and Future Farmers of America, among many other prized clubs and associations.Ē

Approximately 549 juniors were presented the Youth Tour opportunity in local schools during January, and during February close to 65 students sat for a written test over materials about rural electrification. At the conclusion of the testing dates, an invitation was extended to the students receiving the top 10 scores on the test in order to compete in a final interview competition. PECís two winning delegates Hill and Prince were selected by a panel of judges based on their poise, originality and personality during their personal interviews.
Also representing their respective schools in the interview portion of the contest were the following finalists: 1st Alternate, Garrett Fowler, Tupelo High School; 2nd Alternate, Natalee Richardson, Latta High School; Tvli Birdshead, Latta High School; Kali Dennis, Byng High School; Tanner Gilliam, Ada High School; Malissa Johnson, Stonewall High School; Denison Pickett, Holdenville High School; and Alex Smith, Vanoss High School.

About the Delegates

Makenzie Hill of Vanoss High School plans to attend East Central University for her first two years of college, then transfer to Oklahoma University to finish her bachelorís degree, majoring in Biology. From there she hopes to be admitted to the Oklahoma School of Medicine to pursue her end goal of becoming an oncologist. Makenzie is a member of BPA, FCA, 4-H, Future Farmers of America, basketball, art club and scholastics. In her free time she enjoys history and reading books of all categories and genres. She is the daughter of Alyssa and Colby Hill.

Coleman Prince of Ada High School plans to attend an out of state college and return to Oklahoma to help our state by either making a movie or designing a building for downtown Oklahoma City. Coleman is involved in soccer, cross country, student council, DECA, ethics bowl, academic team and math club. He is the son of Keri Norris and J. Michael Prince. 

Each year, PECís Youth Tour contest is open to 11th grade students enrolled in school (or homeschool) systems located in one of the 11 counties served by PEC. For more information about PECís Youth Tour program or other programs available at Peopleís Electric Cooperative, please contact Jennifer Boeck at (580) 332-3031.

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