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Powerful Living Go Go Geo Challenge By Sondra Boykin, WFEC


Video Challenge to Focus on Geothermal Technology


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hrough the use of video and social media, junior and senior high school students have a unique opportunity to showcase their creativity and com- pete for close to $60,000 in scholarship dollars and grants. The Go Go Geo Scholarship Video Challenge will offi cially be launched to schools on Jan. 7, 2013; however, information is avail- able now via the contest website–http://www. GoGoGeoChallenge.com/.


The Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives are the title sponsor for this event, with geothermal manu- facturers, including ClimateMaster, Bosch and WaterFurnace, as co-sponsors. The majority of the electric cooperatives in Oklahoma are members of this Touchstone Energy Cooperative alliance. Eligible students will be challenged to use their creativity in the production of a one to three min- ute video. Seven message themes have been created for the contest, with each having a geothermal sig- nifi cance. Information on the contest website will offer participants a general understanding of each theme, along with references to expand their knowl- edge base on each subject. Participants must have a minimum of three of the geothermal-related themes covered in their video entry. On the submission deadline date, video entries will all be posted online simultaneously for all to see and vote for their favorites. While videography will play a small percentage in the overall judging, creativity, message delivery and accuracy are of greater importance. Online voting and interviews will also be of part of the fi nal competition.


The Challenge will consist of a Regional Competition, which will divide contestants into fi ve regions, based on zip code. The top winner from each region will advance to the Final Competition to compete for even more scholar- ship dollars. At the regional level, scholarship amounts (in each region) include: fi rst place - $3,000; second place–$2,000 and third place - $1,000. In addition, the respective school of each of the fi rst place winners will be awarded a $2,500 educational grant. As for the fi nal level of competition, the fi ve winners will meet with judges in Oklahoma City for the fi nal scoring and winner announcement. At this level, scholarship amounts include: fi rst place - $7,000; second place - $3,500 and third place - $2,000. Again, the school of the fi rst place winner will be awarded a $2,500 educational grant. With these scholarship dollars being offered, the


top winners have the potential to win a valuable option for the future. For example, if a winner were to capture fi rst place at both the regional and fi nal levels, a $10,000 scholarship would be granted to that student(s), which would certainly boost the beginning of a college education.


Any high school junior or senior residing in Oklahoma or within the service territory of the four New Mexico cooperatives served by Western Farmers Electric Cooperative (WFEC) is eligible to participate. A list of eligible zip codes will be posted on the contest website. For team entries, scholar- ship funds will be distributed equally, if their entry is designated as the winner. Teams are limited to three members.


“The Touchstone Energy Cooperatives are ex- cited to be partnering in this exciting project for high school juniors and seniors,” commented Mark Faulkenberry, WFEC’s manager, marketing and


To fi nd out more visit, www.GoGoGeoChallenge.com


communication. “This contest could not come at a better time, due to potential pressures of rising utility costs in the near future. The advancement of geothermal technology is quickly making this op- tion very viable for many homeowners, who may be interested in making a change before rates do increase,” he added.


There are also currently incentives, both federal and on a local/regional level, available for energy- effi cient geothermal installations. “We hope this video challenge will help bring this energy-effi cient option to the attention of many,” Faulkenberry commented.


WFEC serves as the regional partner for the state’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives.


Gift of Giving


The Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives’ Directors’ Association con- ducted its annual auction and raised $24,000. The funds will go to the Children’s Hospital Foundation—a foundation that strives to improve the health of children through its support of research and education.


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