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Local winners return from TCEC sponsored Youth Tour

Left: Shalyn Farrington, Beaver; Rayna Wall, Hooker; Vanessa Wiebe, Hooker

HOOKER, Okla. (July 17, 2014) – Youth Tour students returned to the Panhandle in June from a packed schedule touring the nation’s capital. The 2014 winners of TCEC’s Youth Tour contest were:

  • Rayna Wall of Hooker, daughter of Christopher and Tammie Wall
  • Vanessa Wiebe of Hooker, daughter of Jerry and Beth Wiebe
  • Shalyn Farrington of Beaver, daughter of Mark Farrington

The 51st Annual Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour began June 13, 2014, with a “Get Acquainted Banquet” in Oklahoma City. The 72 young winners, representing 25 of the Oklahoma’s rural electric systems, departed for the nation’s capital the next morning.          

Shalyn enjoyed the private tour of the Capitol along with their visit to Camden Yard. “In my opinion, the most exciting part of the trip was seeing all of our history in person instead of reading and learning about it,” Shalyn said.

“Touring Arlington National Cemetery on Father’s Day was an incredible experience I will never forget,” said Vanessa.

“Other highlights of the trip was getting the opportunity to meet many new phenomenal young men and women. It was exciting to learn that our freedom was fought for, people laid everything on the line so we could obtain the freedom we enjoy to this day. It is a privilege, not a right,” Rayna said.

In addition to seeing all the historical monuments and taking photos of the White House, the Oklahoma winners toured The U.S. Capitol, The U.S. Holocaust Museum, the Pentagon, Mount Vernon, Ford’s Theatre and enjoyed a riverboat cruise on the Potomac River. The group also hosted a Congressional Summit for the Oklahoma Delegation, aides and guests, assisted by Congressman Lucas, Cole and Senator Inhofe and their staff. The tour is coordinated each year by the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives.

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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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