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New AEP Benefits Center to open online, by email and by phone July 1

Powering-You---Total-Rewards320Starting July 1, retired employees of American Electric Power can easily manage their Health & Welfare and Pension Plan benefits through the new AEP Benefits Center — online, by email and by phone.

AEP retirees will receive information by postal mail soon that will outline how to access the new AEP Benefits Center electronically.

The toll-free number to the AEP Benefits Center, 1-888-237-2363 (1-888-AEP-BENE), is the same phone number used for the current Human Resources Service Center. Phone access to the HR Service Center will continue until 5 p.m. Eastern Time June 27. There will be a brief transition period from June 27 to June 30 as phone access is transferred to the new AEP Benefits Center.

At the AEP Benefits Center, retirees can:

  • Access personalized information about Health & Welfare and Pension benefits, virtually 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Connect with representatives through a live chat feature.
  • Enroll in Health & Welfare benefits during Annual Enrollment (or make changes during the year if you experience a qualifying life event).
  • Use online tools and calculators to help make informed decisions.
  • Manage pension payments.
  • Review and update personal, dependent and beneficiary data.

Cook Plant provides updates on Fukushima upgrades to NRC and House Committee chairs

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chair Allison Macfarlane (center) and U.S. Rep. Fred Upton on a tour of D.C. Cook Nuclear Plant.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chair Allison Macfarlane (center) and U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (center – left) on a tour of D.C. Cook Nuclear Plant.

BRIDGMAN, Mich. — “A lot has happened in the nuclear industry and specifically at Cook since the accident at Fukushima and we’re pleased that you’ve come to Cook so we can share it with you.”

That was the opening statement made by AEP Senior Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer Larry Weber who had the unique opportunity to address both the Chair of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Allison Macfarlane, and local Congressman and chair of the House Energy and Commerce committee, Fred Upton. Those two national energy policy leaders came to D.C. Cook Nuclear Plant on June 6 to tour the plant with a focus on Fukushima upgrades including used fuel storage. The visit came after a tour of Entergy’s Palisades Nuclear Plant located 30 miles to the north earlier that morning.

Macfarlane said she and Upton teamed up for the day because, “As a regulator, it’s important to demonstrate to our elected officials what the NRC is doing day in and day out.” Besides touring the plants, she met with site managers and resident NRC inspectors. She said it’s important for her to see the changes being made at the nation’s 100-plus nuclear power plants, and that “Cook and Palisades are at different stages. Cook is a little ahead on some of the issues.”

The tour included the Spent Fuel Pool in the plant’s Auxiliary Building, the Dry Cask Storage facility and viewing of a 500kw/600v diesel generator and diesel-powered 800 gallon per minute pump. These are just two of the many pieces of equipment that have been recently purchased to provide power and cooling water to the plant in the event of a large-scale emergency similar to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

A new earthquake and tornado-proof storage facility is being built on the Cook site to store the equipment. Additional equipment will be kept in two secure locations away from the site, but close enough to be available within 24 to 48 hours. Processes, procedures and training are also being developed to use these new emergency response capabilities that go beyond the already redundant safety systems that exist.

Upton said, “As Energy and Commerce Chairman and a lifelong member of this community, I am fully committed to ensuring that these plants operate safely and that the NRC does its job. The health and well-being of our communities is absolutely imperative and comes before all else.” He believes “The United States is in the midst of a great energy renaissance. Through the advancement of nuclear power, we can ensure a safe and steady supply of domestic energy while spurring domestic job creation and manufacturing.”

In addition to site specific actions, Cook is participating in the U.S. nuclear industry’s Fukushima response plans. There are three regional response centers that will supply large-scale emergency power and components to any nuclear plant in the United States within 24 to 48 hours. Plants are installing common connections and will have the capability to quickly install the equipment.

The Spent Fuel Pool observation included a discussion of new level-monitoring instrumentation that is being installed this summer. At Fukushima, operators could not determine cooling water level in the pools and this contributed to problems mitigating the accident.

Macfarlane and Upton held a press conference at the Cook Visitor Center following the tour and said that Cook and Palisades are operating safely and meeting regulatory expectations.

 

AEP River Operations wins 38 Jones F. Devlin Awards

Pilot Neal Buras (second from left) (M/V Safety Team) and Captain Dustin Haydel (second from right) (M/V Safety Quest) accept the Devlin awards on behalf of AEP River Operations during a recent ceremony in New Orleans.

AEP River Operations has been recognized with having 38 vessels that have operated for two full years or more without a crew member losing a full turn at watch because of an occupational injury.

The Devlin Award Certificates are awarded to all self-propelled merchant vessels that work accident-free for two or more years. Three levels of achievement are recognized: a basic two-year award; a three-year award; and a four-year ward. A special award is given annually to ships with five or more years of accident-free operation.

Since 1968, the Chamber of Shipping of America has sponsored two safety programs – the Jones F. Devlin and Safety Achievement Awards. The awards publicly recognize the skills and dedication of the men and women who are responsible for safe ship operations.

The awards were presented at the Annual Ship Safety Achievement Awards Luncheon in New Orleans May 29. Captain Dustin Haydel and Pilot Neal Buras of AEP River Operations accepted the 38 awards on behalf of the vessels mentioned below.

The outstanding achievements of these 38 vessels exemplifies devotion to duty and to the principles of maritime safety, which is worthy of the highest commendation.

Devlin Award Winners

  • Capt. James Anderson, James E. Pinson — 10 years
  • Dru Lirette — 9 years
  • James Morehead, R.L. Carter, Jr. — 8 years
  • Gale Rhodes — 7 years
  • Capt. Bill Steward, Joanne, Safety Convent, Safety Quest — 6 years
  • Buckeye State, Charlotte Roush, Chuck Zebula, Robert D. Byrd, Ron Callegan, Safety Legend, Safety Pride — 5 years
  • Cody Boyd, Jeffrey G. Stover, Safety Challenger, Safety Crusader, Safety Priority — 4 years
  • AEP Legacy, Chris Parsonage, Noble C. Parsonage, Safety First, Safety Team — 3 years
  • AEP Future, Donna Rushing, Harold B. Dodd, Hoosier State, Jeffrey A. Raike, Keith Darling, Leonard Whittington, Mary Scheel, Matt Lagarde, Norman L. Snodgrass, Safety Goal — 2 years

 

 

Akins appears on CNBC-TV’s ‘Mad Money w/Jim Cramer’ program

AEP CEO Nick Akins discusses upcoming environmental challenges and more with Jim Cramer on CNBC’s “Mad Money” program.

Nick Akins, AEP chairman, president and chief executive officer, appeared on CNBC-TV’s “Mad Money w/Jim Cramer” program May 28 to discuss AEP’s transmission investment, the outlook for power prices, the company’s growth plan, pending regulations on coal plants and more.

Cramer opened the segment by asking Akins about upcoming (June 2) Environmental Protection Agency rules on carbon emissions and what effect that might have on the electric utility industry in general and, specifically, AEP.

“I think we made a clear case about what effect it could have in the future. After the mercury rules, it was clear that there were a lot more coal plants retired than was originally anticipated, so we’ve done a lot already from a greenhouse gas perspective,” Akins answered. “Since 2005, AEP alone has achieved a 21 percent reduction (in greenhouse gas emissions), so we’re making considerable progress.” AEP anticipates additional reductions as it retires approximately 6,600 megawatts of coal-fueled generation over the next few years.

“We’ve also talked a lot about the reliability of the grid,” he added. “When you retire this much generation, you have to be able to put transmission solutions in place and infrastructure development to make sure we continue to operate in a very credible fashion.”

Turning to this past winter and the “polar vortex,” Cramer noted that AEP did operate in a very reliable fashion under extremely difficult conditions and made a lot of money for its shareholders in the process.

“We were very fortunate during the polar vortex that our generation actually ran, so it was an opportunity for us to get ahead and in so doing, at the end of the quarter, we confirmed our 4-to-6 percent earnings growth, we continued to invest an additional $200 million in our transmission effort, we moved $60 million of operations and maintenance (O&M) expense from 2015 and 2016 into 2014, and we also raised (earnings) guidance,” Akins reported. “We also saw about a 3 percent increase in our load, so the economy seemed to improve dramatically, and that’s been confirmed in April.”

Akins added that in the “shale counties” in AEP’s service territory (where there is an abundant amount of shale gas activity), the industrial component of the economy grew at a whopping 30 percent. “We’re also seeing chemical manufacturing, as an outgrowth of that (shale activity) continue to improve, as well,” Akins said. “That’s what’s driving the growth.”

On the residential side, Akins also told Cramer that AEP is finally seeing an uptick in housing and customer counts, which could help improve that segment of the business in the coming months and years.

AEP will work with states to evaluate impacts of EPA’s ‘Clean Power Plan’ proposal

(Story by Rachel Hammer)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) June 2 proposed guidelines to be used by states to develop plans to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from existing fossil-fueled power plants. The proposal includes state-by-state goals and provides options that the states can use to develop and implement plans for meeting the reductions.

AEP is evaluating EPA’s proposal and will participate in this process and will work to protect the interests of its customers.

A 120-day public comment period will open once the proposal publishes in the Federal Register. In addition, EPA will hold public hearings in Denver, Atlanta, Washington, D.C. and Pittsburgh during the last week of July. EPA will issue the final rule next year. States’ compliance plans are due in June 2016, with reductions to be phased in over the period between 2020 and 2030.

AEP is evaluating the proposal and will participate in this process and will work to protect the interests of its customers. The company will coordinate with key stakeholders in states where it has power plants to encourage the development of plans that sensibly address each state’s economic and energy needs.

According to EPA, the proposal will reduce CO2 emissions 30 percent overall by 2030. However, initial review of the nearly 700-page proposal indicates that for many states where AEP operates, the requirements could be much higher than 30 percent.

AEP will retire more than one-fourth of its existing coal-fueled power plant fleet in the next few years. The plants that will remain in operation are AEP’s most efficient units. The company has invested more than $10 billion for emission controls in them to comply with other EPA requirements.

Help save a life with the free F.A.S.T. mobile app

 

Last year 795,000 people suffered a stroke in the United States. During May, American Stroke Month, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association urges everyone to be prepared to identify a stroke fast with the free F.A.S.T. mobile app.

You can use it to recognize and respond to the sudden warning signs of stroke and find award-winning stroke centers near you.

Here’s how:

The acronym F.A.S.T. is used to help people to recognize a stroke and what to do if one occurs:

  • F – Face Drooping: Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.
  • A – Arm Weakness: Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • S – Speech Difficulty: Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence like, “The sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly?
  • T – Time to call 9-1-1: If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.

 

Executive engagement earns AEP, IBEW honor from United Way

Accepting the United Way’s Engaged Leadership Advocacy Award are (left to right): Dan German, president and business manager IBEW Local 1466; 2013 AEP-IBEW Local 1466 United Way Community Champs Nathan Bronder and Ashley Weaver; and Nick Akins, AEP chairman, president and chief executive officer.

(Story by Barry Schumann)

The employee-led AEP-IBEW Local 1466 United Way campaign has received the Engaged Leadership Advocacy Award from the United Way of Central Ohio. The award honors the CEO and management team who champion their employee campaign through proactive, continuous engagement with the United Way and encouragement for employees to donate at leadership levels.

Among those accepting the award were Nick Akins, AEP chairman, president and chief executive officer, and Dan German, president and business manager of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1466. Also accepting the award were campaign Community Champs and co-chairs Ashley Weaver, repositioning and PMO team lead, Operations & Performance Transformation Team, and Nathan Bronder, distribution system inspector II, who during the campaign was a line mechanic A, Columbus Northeast Service Center and represented IBEW Local 1466. Community Champ Jodi Cannon, manager – Advanced Metering Procedures & Systems, Customer and Distribution Services, was unable to attend.

Akins and his wife, Donna, were introduced at the Celebration of Excellence Awards Luncheon as the 2014 United Way of Central Ohio campaign co-chairs. Together with a labor campaign co-chair, the Akins’ will guide efforts to build on the 2013 campaign, which raised $52.7 million. The 2013 AEP-IBEW Local 1466 campaign raised $1.4 million, including $943,918 in active and retired employee pledges and $471,859 in company matching funds.

AEP and AEP Ohio management in central Ohio are traditionally very engaged in the employee-led campaign, but in 2013, campaign Executive Champs Akins, Bob Powers, executive vice president and chief operating officer, and Pablo Vegas, AEP Ohio president and chief operating officer, stepped up executive involvement with “Nick’s Pick 3 Challenge.” The challenge was designed to reinvigorate the campaign at all levels by asking each central Ohio member of the Executive Council to select at least three activities to personally promote volunteerism, advocacy and giving.

EC members responded by:

  • Holding staff meetings at United Way agency locations;
  • Hosting or participating in kick-off events at central Ohio locations;
  • Recording videos telling why they support the United Way; and
  • Educating employees on the leadership giving levels including United Way affinity groups.

“It’s exciting to see the executives leading by example when it comes to supporting the important work of the United Way and doing it in ways that are meaningful and take advantage of our talents,” Akins noted during the 2013 campaign.

Perhaps the most unique campaign activity was an “open jam session” at the headquarters kick off, where about 20 executives and other employees shared their musical talents in a one-hour jam in the cafeteria. Participating executives included Akins, Powers, Vegas and Dale Heydlauff, vice president-Corporate Communications, as well as other members of management.

The AEP-IBEW Local 1466 campaign has been recognized several times at the Celebration of Excellence, including earning highest honors in 2009 and 2013.

March/April Obituaries

AEP River Operations

Clara Robie, 57, AEP River Operations, died March 29.

AEP Service Corporation

Paul Fisher, 88, retired, AEP Headquarters, died April 23.

Eliane Hopson, 96, retired, Rockefeller Center, died April 4.

Richard Maceyak, 75, retired, AEP Headquarters, died April 4.

Richard Pechstein, 88, retired, AEP Headquarters, died April 22.

Ying-Chun Tan, 100, retired, Rockefeller Center, died March 7.

Appalachian Power

James Bostic, 88, retired, Kanawha River Plant, died April 16.

Roger Connard, 65, Kanawha River Plant, died April 16.

James Haggerty, 83, retired, Amos Plant, died April 20.

Walter Harris, 86, retired, Huntington Office, died April 21.

Carl Kilgore, 92, retired, Kingsport Service Center, died April 28.

Raymond McClaugherty, 90, retired, Glen Lyn Plant, died April 2.

Luther Metz, 67, Amos Plant, died April 4.

Columbus Southern Power

Lucian Arnett, 98, retired, Chillicothe Office, died March 30.

Robert Hunziker, 94, retired, 850 Tech Center, died April 3.

William Ives, 75, Energy Delivery Headquarters-Gahanna, died April 28.

Barbara Kendall, 81, retired, 850 Tech Center, died April 11.

George Ochs, 82, retired, 850 Tech Center, died April 25.

Darrell Pinkerton, 75, retired, Columbus Northeast Service Center, died April 10.

Indiana Michigan Power

Marshall Peaslee, 84, retired, One Summit Square, died April 3.

Dora Ramsey, 97, retired, Marion Service Center, died March 31.

Kentucky Power

Elizabeth Howard, 94, retired, Hazard Office, died April 21.

William Manning, 101, retired, Hazard Service Center, died April 12.

Charles Riffe, 73, retired, Ashland Office, died March 31.

Ohio Power

Rita Durbin, 93, retired, Zanesville Office, died March 27.

Philip Lunger, 70, Cardinal Plant, died March 26.

Ronald Reinacher, 72, retired, Cardinal Plant, died April 8.

Homer Smith, 92, retired, Canton Eastern Regional Office, died April 14.

William Snyder, 88, retired, Canton Eastern Regional Office, died April 5.

Public Service Company of Oklahoma

Chester Merritt, 91, retired, Tulsa General Office, died April 23.

Don Miller, 76, retired, Tulsa General Office, died April 16.

Southwestern Electric Power

Don Agnor, 75, retired, Shreveport Operations, died April 11.

Roseanna Cardenas, 64, Hornbeck Service Center, died April 16.

Texas Central

Leroy Salter, 86, retired, Corpus Christi Office, died April 14.

Dick Thomas, 94, retired, Corpus Christi Office, died April 18.

Texas North

Harold Ball, 89, retired, Abilene General Office, died March 31.

April Retirements

AEP Ohio

Randall Green, Cambridge Service Center, retired April 21 after 33 years of service.

AEP River Operations

Allen Radcliff, AEP River Operations-Paducah, retired April 22 after 14 years of service.

AEP Utility Operations

Rhonda Cowan, Cook Coal Terminal, retired April 1 after 37 years of service.

John Elmdahl, Central Shops, retired April 26 after 21 years of service.

Gary Francisco, Central Machine Shop, retired April 1 after 36 years of service.

William Harrell, Central Maintenance Facility, retired April 12 after 31 years of service.

Mary Hughes, Hurricane Call Center, retired April 11 after 11 years of service.

Ronald Hull, Central Machine Shop, retired April 26 after 38 years of service.

Bonita Mihlbauer, Mitchell Plant, retired April 26 after 30 years of service.

Rayford Minnis, Mountaineer Plant, retired April 1 after 33 years of service.

Julie Newmiller, Cook Nuclear Plant, retired April 26 after 28 years of service.

Gregory Peddicord, Cardinal Plant, retired April 12 after 32 years of service.

Hal Springer, Cook Nuclear Plant, retired April 26 after 36 years of service.

Edmon Taylor, Rockport Plant, retired April 1 after 25 years of service.

John Unger, Conesville Plant, retired April 28 after 24 years of service.

Roberto Valadez, Cook Nuclear Plant, retired April 5 after 27 years of service.

Appalachian Power

Walter Graham Jr., Tazewell Service Center, retired April 14 after 27 years of service.

Timothy Pickett, Wytheville Service Center, retired April 1 after 36 years of service.

Policy, Finance and Strategic Planning

Richard Rosell Jr., Laredo Service Center, retired April 1 after 34 years of service.

David Toalson, Tulsa General Office, retired April 1 after 19 years of service.

Shared Services

Harry Garnes Jr., Gavin Plant, retired April 3 after 45 years of service.

James Perry, Roanoke Main Office, retired April 1 after 31 years of service.

Frank Wilhoit III, AEP Headquarters, retired April 1 after 10 years of service.

Southwestern Electric Power

John Gibson, Vivian Service Center, retired April 1 after 23 years of service.

Raymond Johnson, Shreveport Operations, retired April 5 after 33 years of service.

Transmission

Edward Mayeux Jr., Alsuma Meter and Substation, retired April 22 after 32 years of service.

Johnny Ruckman, Dyess Substation, retired April 7 after 37 years of service.

AEP announces 2014 Educational Award winners

Forty-two sons and daughters of employees throughout the AEP System have been named recipients of 2014 AEP Educational Awards.

Each of the winning scholars will receive $7,000 over a three-year period: $2,500 for the freshman year in college, $2,500 for the sophomore year and $2,000 for the junior year.

A total of 269 students throughout the AEP System applied for the 42 available scholarships, which were open to employees’ children who are seniors in high school and plan to enter college this fall.

Winners were selected by two independent scholastic judges based on each student’s class rank, grade point average, test scores, recommendations, autobiographical presentation, special qualities or talents, leadership abilities, extracurricular activities and citizenship.

AEP has given 1,825 educational awards totaling nearly $7.9 million since the program began in 1955 with a single $500 award. If a student receives a full scholarship to the institution of choice, he or she will give up the AEP award and an alternate will be selected.

This year’s winners are:

Bailey Armstrong, daughter of Glenna and Joe Armstrong. Glenna is a principal Information Technology business system analyst at AEP Headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. Bailey is a senior at Big Walnut High School in Sunbury, Ohio.

Drew Arnold, son of Kay and Doug Arnold. Doug is a principal analyst in the Market Risk Oversight group in Columbus, Ohio. Drew is a senior at Pickerington North High School in Pickerington, Ohio.

Anna Aylor, daughter of Jeff and Pam Aylor. Jeff is a senior Information Technology developer at AEP Headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. Anna is a senior at Westerville South High School in Westerville, Ohio.

Tyler Begg, son of Alan and Janet Begg. Alan is a station electrician A in Lima, Ohio. Tyler is a senior at Bluffton High School in Bluffton, Ohio.

Hannah Bishop, daughter of Henry and Donna Bishop. Henry is an electrical engineer in Regional Office 5 in Shreveport, La. Hannah is a senior at Caddo Magnet High School in Shreveport.

Sarah Collins, daughter of Douglas and Jennifer Collins. Douglas is a principal turbine services engineer at AEP Headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. Sarah is a senior at Canal Winchester High School in Canal Winchester, Ohio.

Andrew Cooper, son of Curt and Bonnie Cooper. Curt is director of employee benefits at AEP Headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. Andrew is a senior at Olentangy Liberty High School in Powell, Ohio.

Logan Davenport, son of Steve and Tamara Davenport. Steve is a line mechanic A at Appalachian Power Company in Lynchburg, Va. Logan is a senior at Liberty High School in Bedford, Va.

Jacob Day, son of Ryan and Rachelle Day. Ryan is a general servicer at Public Service Company of Oklahoma out of the Okmulgee, Okla., office. Jacob is a senior at Henryetta High School in Henryetta, Okla.

Stephanie Hayden, daughter of Darin and Kellie Hayden. Darin is a building mechanic at the Athens Service Center in Athens, Ohio. Stephanie is a senior at Logan High School in Logan, Ohio.

Riley Hevener, daughter of Tom and Jane Hevener. Tom is a senior distribution projects coordinator for Appalachian Power Company in Bluefield, W.Va. Riley is a senior at Giles High School in Pearisburg, Va.

Tyler Jones, son of Doug and Elaine Jones. Doug is an energy production supervisor III at the John Amos Plant in Winfield, W.Va. Tyler is a senior at Winfield High School in Winfield.

Brian King, son of Dave and Beth King. Dave is manager of Steam Generation Equipment Engineering at AEP Headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. Brian is a senior at Jerome High School in Dublin, Ohio.

Sara Knowles, daughter of Robert and Cynthia Knowles. Robert is the supervisor of distribution planning for AEP Texas in Corpus Christi, Texas. Sara is a senior at Flour Bluff High School in Corpus Christi.

Cassandra Laios, daughter of Takis and Beverly Laios. Takis is a manager in the Transmission Asset Strategy & Policy group at AEP Headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. Beverly is a principal engineer in the Advanced Transmission Studies & Technologies group in Gahanna, Ohio. Cassandra is a senior at Thomas Worthington High School in Worthington, Ohio.

Rebecca Lee, daughter of David and Kara Lee. David is a senior engineer in Region 4 Plant Engineering in Tulsa, Okla. Rebecca is a senior at Broken Arrow High School in Broken Arrow, Okla.

Madison Marshall, daughter of Terry and Susie Marshall. Terry is a system operator senior at the John Amos Plant in Winfield, W.Va. Madison is a senior at St. Albans High School in St. Albans, W.Va.

Gabrielle May, daughter of Robert and Elaine May. Robert is a shift manager at the Cook Nuclear Plant in Bridgman, Mich. Elaine is a staff chemist Cook Plant. Gabrielle is a senior at Decatur High School in Decatur, Mich.

Madison Miller, daughter of Chris and Pam Miller. Chris is an Information Technology manager at AEP Headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. Madison is a senior at Olentangy Liberty High School in Powell, Ohio.

Sarah Minkler, daughter of Carolyn and Don Minkler. Carolyn is a planning supervisor at AEP River Operations in St. Louis, Mo. Sarah is a senior at the Missouri Academy in Maryville, Mo.

Bailey Morgan, daughter of Reid and Jill Morgan. Reid is a technician specialist senior in Customer Design at AEP Texas in Corpus Christi, Texas. Bailey is a senior at Flour Bluff High School in Corpus Christi.

Logan Morris, son of Ricky Morris and Beverly Hayden. Ricky is a maintenance supervisor at Pirkey Power Plant in Hallsville, Texas. Logan is a senior at Henderson High School in Henderson, Texas.

Jason Ng, son of John and Thu Ng. John is a supervisor for Transmission Line Engineering Standards in Gahanna, Ohio. Jason is a senior at Hilliard Davidson High School in Hilliard, Ohio.

Leah Osterloh, daughter of Pam and Steve Osterloh. Pam is a senior EE/DR coordinator at AEP Texas in Corpus Christi, Texas. Leah is a senior at Flour Bluff High School in Corpus Christi.

Luke Palmer, son of Karen and Ron Palmer. Karen is the right-of-way agent senior for the Fort Wayne District at Indiana Michigan Power Company in Fort Wayne, Ind. Luke is a senior at Bishop Dwenger High School in Fort Wayne, Ind.

John Pesek, son of Mike and Becky Pesek. Mike is a safety consultant for AEP Texas in Corpus Christi, Texas. John is a senior at Odem High School in Odem, Texas.

Kyle Pohlman, son of Russell and Laura Pohlman. Russell is a line mechanic A for AEP Ohio in Van Wert, Ohio. Kyle is a senior at St. John’s High School in Delphos, Ohio.

Remy Powell, son of David and Nancy Powell. Dave is director of Plant Engineering and Compliance Programs at AEP Headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. Remy is a senior at St. Charles Preparatory School in Columbus, Ohio.

Madison Pratt, daughter of Paul and Kathy Pratt. Paul is the consumer programs manager for Southwestern Electric Power Company in Shreveport, La. Madison is a senior at C.E. Byrd High School in Shreveport.

Ruoheng “Eric” Qiu, son of Annie Sun and Qun Qiu. Annie is an Information Technology software developer at AEP Headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, and Qun is a principal engineer in Transmission Protection & Control Engineering in Gahanna, Ohio. Eric is a senior at Dublin Jerome High School in Dublin, Ohio.

Katelyn Robinson, daughter of Shawn and Laura Robinson. Shawn is the director of West Transmission Planning in Tulsa, Okla. Katelyn is a senior at Mingo Valley Christian School in Tulsa.

Michael Rozsa, son of Mike and Robin Rozsa. Mike is the managing director of Information Technology Business Applications at AEP Headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. Michael is a senior at Tri-Valley High School in Dresden, Ohio.

Elizabeth Sarkel, daughter of Ed and Lori Sarkel. Ed is a manager of financial analysis in Commercial Operations at AEP Headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. Elizabeth is a senior at Hilliard Davidson High School in Hilliard, Ohio.

Katie Smith, daughter of Tracy and Julie Smith. Tracy is production manager at the Central Maintenance Facility in Shreveport, La. Katie is a senior at C. E. Byrd High School in Shreveport.

Laura Stegner, daughter of Brent and Margaret Stegner. Brent is manager, Distribution Training, Human Performance and Work Procedures at AEP Headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. Laura is a senior at Gahanna Lincoln High School in Gahanna, Ohio.

Anissa Trevino, daughter of Benny and Veronica Trevino. Benny is a protection and control technician at the Lon Hill Service Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. Veronica is an administrative associate in Human Resources in Corpus Christi. Anissa is a senior at Mary Carroll High School in Corpus Christi.

Dustin White, son of Rick and LaDonna White. Rick is a lineman at Southwestern Electric Power Company in Longview, Texas. Dustin is a senior at Union Grove High School in Gladewater, Texas.

Krystin White, daughter of Gene and Toni White. Gene is a senior pumpman for the Energy Production Department at the John W. Turk Jr. Power Plant in Fulton, Ark. Krystin is a senior at Atlanta High School in Atlanta, Texas.

Tanner Wick, son of Todd and Lori Wick. Todd is a supervisor in Transmission Line Engineering in Gahanna, Ohio. Tanner is a senior at Louisville High School in Louisville, Ohio.

Mark Wolf, son of Jeff and Beth Wolf. Jeff is a transmission construction representative stationed out of Benton Harbor, Mich., currently working at the D.C. Cook Nuclear Plant in Bridgman, Mich. Mark is a senior at St. Joseph High School in St. Joseph, Mich.

Emily Woodard, daughter of Steve and Anne Woodard. Steve is a maintenance supervisor at the Conesville Plant in Conesville, Ohio. Emily is a senior at Fisher Catholic High School in Lancaster, Ohio.

Christopher Wooten, son of Greg and Mary Jo Wooten. Greg is a senior engineer in Environmental Services at AEP Headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. Chris is a senior at Lancaster High School in Lancaster, Ohio.

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