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Powerful Living Go Go Geo By Sondra Boykin Video Challenge Announces Winners


OAEC Holds 71st Annual Meeting


Co-op leaders representing each electric cooperative in the state met in early April to hear inspiring speakers and to discuss industry trends at the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives’ (OAEC) 71st Annual Meeting. Photos by Hayley Leatherwood


Co-op leaders met for OAEC’s Annual Meeting in Oklahoma City.


From left to right: Third place winner Austin Branch from Norman High School North; Secretary of Energy Michael Ming (competition judge); Kailey Kelley from Hinton High School (top fi ve fi nalist); fi rst place winner Ean Bonjour from Stillwater High School; second place winner Casee Cole from Pond Creek-Hunter High School; Haley Madden from Portales High School-New Mexico (top fi ve fi nalist); former Miss Oklahoma Betty Thompson (competition judge), and Secretary of Science and Technology Stephen McKeever (competition judge). Photo by Anna Politano


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an Bonjour, a senior at Stillwater High School, was awarded a total of $10,000 in scholarship dollars by taking fi rst place honors in the Go Go Geo Scholarship Video Challenge, spon- sored by the Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives. Co-sponsors were geothermal manufacturers, ClimateMaster, Bosch and WaterFurnace.


This contest, designed for the pro- motion of geothermal technology, provided an opportunity for eligible students to showcase their creativity, while competing for almost $60,000 in scholarship dollars and school grants. Entries consisted of unique videos, created by high school juniors and seniors from across Oklahoma and southeastern New Mexico, with over 50 videos submitted.


Bonjour’s award included $3,000 in scholarship dollars from the regional round and $7,000 for the top fi nish at


the state level. For his fi rst place fi n- ish, Stillwater High School will also receive a total of $5,000 in education- al grant money. Second place went to Casee Cole, a junior at Pond Creek- Hunter Junior-Senior High School, which included a $3,000 regional scholarship in addition to $3,500 for the state fi nish. Austin Branch, a se- nior at Norman High School North, received the third place scholarship award, consisting of a total of $5,000, including $3,000 for the regional fi n- ish and $2,000 for the state fi nals. Other finalists included Kailey Kelley, Hinton High School; and Haley Madden, Portales (New Mexico) High School. These two each received $3,000 in scholarship dollars and an additional $1,000 from the state fi nals.


Awards were presented at a banquet in which finalists, along with their parents, met with sponsors, judges and other representatives.


If viewing our digital edition, click here to access the winning videos on the Go Go Geo Video Challenge Competition. Access our digital edition at www.ok-living.coop or fi nd our FREE app at the Apple Newsstand, Google Play or Amazon.


Former Alfalfa Electric Cooperative Manager, Max Ott—accompanied by his family—receives the OAEC Hall of Fame Award for his dedication and


years of service.


OAEC incoming Board President Joe Harris, manager of Kay Electric Cooperative, assumed offi ce on April 9, 2013. Other offi cers are Vice-President Jimmy Taylor of Northfork Electric Cooperative; Secretary Kendall Beck of Cookson Hills Electric Cooperative, and Treasurer Gary McCune of Central Rural Electric Cooperative.


If viewing our digital edition, click here to view more photos of OAEC’s Annual Meeting. Access our digital edition at www.ok-living.coop or fi nd our FREE app at the Apple Newsstand, Google Play or Amazon.


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