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Youth Tour sights excite juniors

The trip of a lifetime. That’s what the chance to attend the Youth Tour trip represents for many high school juniors. TCEC's three delegates recently returned from Washington, D.C., excited by all they saw. L-R Braeden Fields, Karli Cotter, Nathaniel Rodriquez

“In my opinion, the most exciting part of the trip was experiencing our nation’s history through viewing the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, the White House and the Capitol,” said Braeden Fields, son of Stephanie Chapman, Guymon. “I valued the experience because I was able to make lifelong friends. I also was able to the better extend my knowledge of our nation’s history.”

Karli Cotter, daughter of Tammy and Jimmy Cotter of Guymon said, “Meeting our congressmen face to face and discussing things with them was the most exciting part of the trip. It was so amazing to experience getting to walk on the land where so much history was made and I have learned so much along the way!”

Nathaniel Rodriguez, son of Ana and Jorge Rendon, of Hooker, said, “I had the chance to meet our legislators and to learn more about our historical nation’s capital where it all began. I am honored to go on this lifetime trip to the Capitol and to bring back home what I experienced and learned about our history’s past. I’m wanting to encourage and to motivate my community back home with what I learned about being a great leader of today and tomorrow. The most exciting part of the trip was walking down the streets of Washington D.C. to see historical monuments and meeting new friends who have become important in my life, in my opinion.”

In all, 69 high school juniors representing 25 of the state’s rural electric systems went on the trip. Those delegates joined 1,500 students from across the United States in Washington, D.C.

The Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives coordinates the Youth Tour each year. Anyone interested in learning more about TCEC leadership trips can visit

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