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May 2013


Volume 60


Number 5


Vernon and Tipton Students Named Youth Tour Winners Elizabeth Good of Tipton High School and Ka-


tie Oswalt of Vernon High School were named win- ners of Southwest Rural Electric Association’s 2013 Youth Tour Contest during speech competition at SWRE headquarters on March 26. As Youth Tour winners, Elizabeth and Katie will


receive all-expense-paid trips to Washington, D.C. this summer with delegations of other co-op stu- dents from their respective states. Elizabeth is daughter of Pat and Jo Good of Tip- ton, Oklahoma. Katie is the daughter of Lee and Sue Oswalt of


Vernon, Texas. Runners-up in the contest are Kennady Nance,


Navajo High School, and Jill Christian, Northside High School. Kennady is the daughter of Craig and Vicki Nance of Blair, Oklahoma. Jill is the daughter of Nathan and Kim Christian of Vernon, Texas. As runners-up, Kennady and Jill will have the


opportunity to represent SWRE at the 2014 high school Touchstone Leadership Summit to be held next January in Oklahoma City. Other 2013 contest fi nalists who competed in


the SWRE contest’s selection process are Hayden Haynes, Vernon High School, son of Anthony and Susan Haynes; Maria Melchor, Vernon High School, daughter of Armando and Martha Melchor; Jennie Owens, Davidson High School, daughter of Marshall and Emma Ow- ens; Nick Rohrer, Blair High School, son of Bryan and Christie Rohrer; and Kimber Treadwell, Frederick High School, daugh- ter of Jason and Julie Treadwell. All participating fi nalists received certifi cates and cash


prizes. Event judges were Trent Marlette, youth program coordi-


nator at Cotton Electric Cooperative in Walters; Sondra Boykin, communications coordinator, Western Farmers Electric Co- operative in Anadarko; and Lainial Gilbert of Altus, longtime educator and retired Oklahoma State Department of Education offi cial.


“Southwest Rural Electric Association has a deep commit-


ment to programs that serve the youth of our area,” said Dan White, president of the SWRE Board of Trustees. “That is why the Youth Tour Contest is such an important event for us. The many students who enter the contest spend time researching, organizing and refi ning their thoughts, and composing their es-


Nine Texoma students participated as fi nalists in Southwest Rural Electric Association’s 2013 Youth Tour Essay Contest. Students are (front, l to r): Kennady Nance, Navajo High School, Oklahoma runner-up; Elizabeth Good, Tipton High School, Oklahoma contest win- ner; Katie Oswalt, Vernon High School, Texas contest winner; and Jill Christian, Northside High School, Texas runner-up. Also, (back row, l to r) Kimber Treadwell, Frederick High School; Jennie Owens, Davidson High School; Hayden Haynes, Vernon High School; Nick Rohrer, Blair High School; and Maria Melchor, Vernon High School.


says. These are all skills that serve students throughout their lives.”


The SWRE Youth Tour Contest is open each year to all


11th grade students who live or attend school in the SWRE service area. Students were required to write a 500-750-word essay


on the topic “Electricity Changed Texoma: How electricity has impacted life, business, industry and agriculture since SWRE was organized in 1937”. The SWRE Youth Tour Essay Contest for high school ju- niors is an annual tradition that began in 1964. More than 100 essays were received this year from stu-


dents in nine Texoma schools. Essays were evaluated to determine ten fi nalists – fi ve


from Oklahoma and fi ve from Texas schools. The ten students were invited to a March 26 event at SWRE headquarters in Tipton to present their essays as extemporaneous speeches for a panel of judges who determined the contest winners. Nine of the students accepted the invitation to compete.


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