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Westmoore's Halle Carr Heading to Washington

May 17, 2017

At first glance, you might think Westmoore High’s Halle Carr is just a regular high school junior, but after you meet her, you realize that there is much more to this young woman. In addition to being a national qualifier for Speech and Debate, Carr was one of only four students to win the Oklahoma Electric Cooperative’s (OEC) 2017 Youth Tour contest. As part of winning this award, Carr will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C.


To qualify, Carr wrote an essay about energy. Since she had the freedom to write about anything related to the topic, Carr chose to write about Executive Order 7037, which began the advancement of energy for rural farmers. Once she was selected as a finalist, based on her essay and her resume, her next step was to give a presentation with a visual aid.


The students made their presentations at a formal banquet to a panel of judges, including Robin Stead, an oil and gas attorney, Daren Wilson, director of development and community relations for Loveworks Leadership, Inc. and Rep. Scott Martin, who has represented District 46 in the Oklahoma House of Representatives since 2006. The students were evaluated on their communication skills, poise, audience connection, creativity, delivery and how they responded to follow-up questions from the judges.


Carr says she learned a lot from this competition, “Through this experience, I was able to research and learn about the importance of providing energy for farmers and the impact not only locally but internationally as well.”


As part of the trip, Carr will have an opportunity to visit the nation’s capital, tour historic sites and landmarks and meet Oklahoma’s legislators. She will also enjoy a dinner cruise on the Potomac River, visit the Newseum and Holocaust museums and watch a historical Broadway play.


“I'm beyond excited for this trip,” explained Carr. “I'm so excited to meet new people and get to visit the various places in D.C. and learn the history. Being in speech and debate has grown my interest in government and politics, and this opportunity gives me a chance to explore that.”


OEC is the state’s largest member-owned electric cooperative and provides electricity to over 43,000 members and 54,000 accounts in seven central Oklahoma counties.


“Students return from the trip with a sincere appreciation of American traditions and a host of new friends,” said OEC’s Education and Outreach Coordinator, Tory Tedder-Loffland. “OEC is proud to be represented by these four outstanding young leaders. They all four have bright futures ahead of them.”

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