May 5, 2017


Area youth are participating in CHEC-sponsored activities this summer.

YouthPower Energy Camp is May 30-June 2, 2017

CHEC together with Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives (OAEC) sponsor 8th graders each year to attend four exciting and informative days at Canyon Camp in southwestern Oklahoma.  Energy Camp is designed to help cooperative youth develop leadership skills, have summertime fun, and at the same time learn about one of rural America’s most important industries – rural electrification.

The students attending this year are Kaytie Cash of Porum Junior High, daughter of Burkley and Kristie Cash; Eli Holcomb of Central Middle School, son of Dion and Angela Holcomb; and Mason Kennedy of Porum Junior High, son of Marshall and Shannon Kennedy.

National Rural Electric Youth Tour is June 9-15, 2017

Each year, CHEC sends four high school juniors on an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C.  These students join the Oklahoma Youth Tour delegation of 71 students at Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives (OAEC) in Oklahoma City to embark on the trip to our nation’s capital.  Oklahoma students will meet with 1,400 other juniors on Youth Day in Washington D.C., all representing rural electric cooperatives across the country.

Electric co-ops send students to Washington to:

  • Reward students for academic achievement and community leadership; 
  • Educate students about the role of electric co-ops in the national economy; 
  • Foster students' appreciation for the democratic form of government; 
  • Expose students to the sights and sounds of our nation's heritage; and 
  • Build students' leadership skills so that they may make a difference in their communities.

Youth Tour is an opportunity of a lifetime for the students who are selected to attend.  CHEC sponsors an essay contest each fall for high school juniors in CHEC service territory.

The students attending this year are Abbigail Deardorff of Webbers Falls High School, daughter of Clayton & Shelley Patterson; Bethany Bryce of Stigler High School, daughter of Amanda Alststatt and Tommy Joe Bryce; Matthew Blaylock of McCurtain High School, son of Mark and Janna Blaylock; and Harleigh Sharp of Muldrow High School, daughter of Garry and Misty Sharp.

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