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Local winners powered up at Youth Power energy camp

Three area eighth grade student delegates from TCEC recently returned from the 2016 Rural Electric Youth Power Energy Camp. The delegates were among nearly 90 outstanding eighth graders chosen from across the state for the four-day camp held at Canyon Camp near Hinton, Oklahoma.

While at the camp, the delegates attended sessions on energy, electrical safety and rural electric careers. They elected their own Manager and Board of Directors and operated a Coke & Candy Cooperative. Other special activities of the four-day program included hands-on-electrical demonstrations, such as pole-climbing and bucket truck rides from linemen, a 13 low-element ropes course, swimming, an energy battle tournament and a trip to Celebration Station for arcade games, go-carts and pizza.

Ernie Thiessen from Yarbrough Schools, the son of Margaret and Jackson Thiessen, offered these highlights of the camp: “How powerline poles work and my personality from the color challenge.”

Emily Nevarez, also from Yarbrough Schools, the daughter of Alma Nevarez, said, “The most exciting thing I learned at camp was what happened when you touch a fallen powerline pole. And I liked making new friends, going to celebration station, playing games and going to the dance.”

Carson Buller from Turpin Schools, the son of Ryan and Kim Buller, added, “The most exciting thing I learned was the intricate work that lineman have to do to bring us power for our homes and businesses. I also liked meeting other kids with my interests, learning the functions of power lines and meeting the people behind our power.”

The Youth Power Energy Camp is coordinated by the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives.

“Energy camp offers eighth graders an experience to remember for a lifetime,” said Leslie Kraich, community and member relations coordinator at TCEC.

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L-R Ernie Thiessen, Yarbrough Schools; Emily Nevarez, Yarbrough Schools; Carson Buller, Turpin Schools.

TCEC Youth Power Energy Camp Delegates

2016 Youth Energy Camp

2016 Youth Power Energy Camp


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