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Area Eighth Graders Head to Energy Camp

HOOKER, Okla. (May 23, 2014) – Three area eighth grade students have been selected as winners of Tri-County Electric Cooperative’s (TCEC) Youth Power Energy Camp essay contest. The camp is held at Canyon Camp near Hinton, Okla. each year.

Energy Camp participants develop leadership skills, have summertime fun and learn about rural electrification. Eighth graders across TCEC’s service territory are invited to submit letters to enter the contest each year. Three outstanding eighth graders were selected as winners this year:

  • Angel Lauer of Yarbrough Middle School
  • Ruby Venzor of Yarbrough Middle School
  • Shawn Hernandez of Elkhart Middle School

2014 Energy Camp Winners

The winners will spend May 27-30 enjoying the pleasures Canyon Camp has to offer from volleyball tournaments and swimming to hiking and making new friends and memories. In addition, they will experience first-hand the exciting world of electricity, watch safety demonstrations, climb a utility pole, and watch a co-op crew at work. Plus, they will have the opportunity to sharpen their leadership skills by working with new found friends from every corner of the state to set up and run their own cooperative business.

“Programs like Energy Camp allow our cooperative to give back to our community by giving our youth an unforgettable experience,” said Erin Moore, member solutions coordinator at TCEC. “We are proud of these students and thankful we are able to offer them this opportunity.”

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Headquartered in Hooker, Okla., Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TCEC) is a not-for-profit distribution cooperative owned and controlled by its members. TCEC is committed to delivering safe, reliable, affordable electric service. The utility serves approximately 23,000 member accounts in the Oklahoma Panhandle, southwestern Kansas, and the northern border of the Texas Panhandle. TCEC is a Touchstone Energy cooperative. For more information, visit

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