Jami Deevers and Tracie Diggs Receive Top Honors in Kiwash Electric Cooperative’s Youth Tour Contest

Youth Tour Winners
Jami Deevers (winner), Tracie Diggs (winner), Jade Rozell (runner up) Blain Ball (runner up), Jack Sawatzky, KEC Board of Director President

Hard work has paid off for two high school juniors as they make plans to tour the nation’s capital this summer. Jami Deevers of Weatherford High School and Tracie Diggs of Burns Flat Dill City High School took top honors in the Kiwash Electric Cooperative Youth Tour Contest. Each of these winners will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C.

Jami is the daughter of Barbie Deevers of Weatherford. Tracie is the daughter of Billy and Roberta Diggs of Foss. Jami and Tracie have an exciting fun filled week ahead of them during June 12-18. The two high school juniors will have an opportunity to become acquainted with other prominent young people from all across Oklahoma, as well as those from other states. Not only will they learn about rural electric cooperatives, they will have a better insight of American history and government. The students will meet Congressmen and Senators and tour historical sights in and around Washington D.C.

Runners-up in the contest were Blain Ball of Sentinel High School and Jade Rozell of Sentinel High School/OSSM.

In order to reach the finals, the contestants had to be one of the four highest scores on a written test that had been given to approximately 50 juniors that attend a school within Kiwash Electric’s service territory. The contest concluded with a banquet at the Washita County Activity Center in Cordell, honoring the top four contestants and their families. Following the banquet, a panel of judges conducted interviews. The contestants were scored on knowledge of the subject, speaking ability, poise and personality, and appearance.

The Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives has been an active sponsor of the Youth Tour since 1963. More than 2,900 students have been sponsored on trips to the nation’s capital in the last fifty years. Kiwash Electric Cooperative has been offering the Youth Tour Program for the past 34 years.