2017 Youth Tour Winners Announced
Hard work has paid off for four high school juniors as they make plans to tour the nation’s capital this summer. Kade Squires and Madison Scott of Lookeba-Sickles High School, Tyler Wedel of Cordell High School and Ashlynn Karlin of Weatherford High School took top honors in the CKenergy Electric Cooperative Youth Tour Contest. Each of these winners will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington D.C. and a $500 scholarship.
Kade is the son of Barry and Kim Squires of Carnegie. Madison is the daughter of Jon and Becky Scott of Hinton. Tyler is the son of Tim and Kathy Wedel of Cordell and Ashlynn is the daughter of Mike and Angie Karlin of Weatherford. Kade, Madison, Tyler and Ashlynn have an exciting fun filled week ahead of them during June 9-15. The four high school juniors will have an opportunity to become acquainted with other prominent young people from all across Oklahoma, as well as those from other states. Not only will they learn about rural electric cooperatives, they will have a better insight of American history and government. The students will meet Congressmen and Senators and tour historical sights in and around Washington D.C.
Runners-up in the contest were Berkley Price of Cordell High School, Morgan Morley of Cordell High School, Abbagail Agan of Weatherford High School and Erika Stutzman of Weatherford High School. The runners-up will receive a $500 scholarship.
In order to reach the finals, the contestants had to be one of the eight highest scores on a written letter/essay. The contest concluded with a banquet at the Pioneer Cellular Event Center at SWOSU in Weatherford honoring the eight contestants and their families. The contestants were interviewed and then presented their letters in speech form. The contestants were scored on knowledge of subject, speaking ability, poise and personality and appearance.
The Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives has been an active sponsor of the Youth Tour since 1963. More than 3,200 students have been sponsored on trips to the nation’s capital in the last fifty years. CKenergy is proud to offer the Youth Tour Program to our area students.