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The Fresh Prince Goes GEO Fifteen high school students and five schools


are sharing more than $60,000 in scholarships and grants awarded in the inaugural GoGoGeo Scholarship Video Challenge, a video competition designed by Oklahoma’s Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives. Te contest, which culminated on Earth Day, called for teens to produce one- to three-minute videos that promote geothermal energy and heat pumps. One of the top winners was Austin Branch,


a senior at Norman North High School, who placed third overall. He walked away with $5,000 in scholarships and secured a $2,500 grant for Norman North High School’s Band for the creation of his video, a rap to the theme music of Te Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. “Called the EPA to get the story straight, Geo


reduces energy at a 70 percent rate,” and “Everybody wins when you switch to Geo | Te Earth, Your house, Te company, ya know!” are some of the lines of the jingle. “We’re extremely proud to have a winner from


our service area and commend Austin—and all of the winners—for an excellent job,” said Jack Ferrell, manager of member services at OEC. “We appreciate them sharing their talents to help us reach our goal of starting a larger conversation about the benefits of renewable energy and geothermal.” Ferrell said the contest, cosponsored by


geothermal heat pump manufacturers Climate 12 June 2013


by Patti Rogers


Master, Bosch, and WaterFurnace, was launched in January and open to high school juniors and seniors across Oklahoma and a portion of New Mexico. Te geographical area was divided, as close in size as possible, into five regions. “Videos were judged by viewers and finalists


selected based on the total number of ‘likes’ received through the GoGoGeo Challenge website,” Ferrell said. He confirmed more than 50 entries were received and said scholarships were awarded to the top three videographers in each region. All video entries can still be viewed on the website www.GoGoGeoChallenge.com. Te regional winners each received a $3,000


scholarship, a $2,500 educational grant for their respective high schools, and an invitation to the final phase of the competition. Tere, they had a chance to win an additional scholarship with the top finisher claiming another $2,500 for his or her school. Te possibility of obtaining the school grant was instrumental in Branch’s decision to enter the contest and pushed him forward. “Our marching band has been invited to


perform in the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade in Honolulu in December, and I saw this as an opportunity to fundraise for the band,” said Branch, who is the group’s president. “I like filming and thought this was a perfect fit for me.” Branch’s friends helped conceive the idea of a


rap and work facts about geothermal heating and cooling into his video.


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