This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.
February 2015


Time of Year Brings Student Competition


February and March are always enjoyable months for our cooperative because of the many youth activities that take place at this time of the year. SWRE actively donates toward many school and youth activities throughout our service area, but the new year brings many youth events that are particu- larly associated with rural living. Specifically, January and February are traditionally the seasons for local and county livestock shows. SWRE contributes toward every county livestock show in Texas and Oklahoma in areas that are served by our cooperative.


Many of the SWRE directors attend banquets and trophy auctions on behalf of the cooperative to participate directly in those activities. Also, SWRE often contributes to the local shows of those schools that are directly served by our cooperative’s lines. Every year hundreds of young people throughout


Texoma participate in 4-H or FFA, raise animals, and compete with them in shows and exhibits. It’s an experience that teaches responsibility, builds confi- dence, develops showmanship, and fosters a healthy sense of individual competition. Our cooperative takes part in the Oklahoma Youth Exposition held each year at the Oklahoma City State Fairgrounds. It’s a huge 10-day livestock event that brings together more than 7,000 students and their animals.


The state livestock show is sponsored in part by


Touchstone Energy and Oklahoma cooperatives. Each participant from one of our member schools is given an SWRE placard for their project’s stall. And, of course... Spring at SWRE means it’s time for student essay contests!


Students from most of our area schools in Okla- homa and Texas participate in Southwest Rural’s Youth Tour competition. Eleventh grade high school students submit essays to SWRE written on a topic that is assigned by the cooperative.


The topic requires energy research and creative thinking to address the requirements of the essay theme. Judges select the top essays from each school or schools and notify eight students (half from Texas, half from Oklahoma) that they are finalists in the competition.


Finalists are asked to present their essay as a speech at the annual Youth Tour banquet held in late March at co-op headquarters in Tipton. Each finalist


by Mike R. Hagy


who competes is awarded $250.00 and one winning student from each state earns a trip to Washington, D.C. the following June.


Students participate in their respective state’s


Youth Tour trip with other winners from fellow coop- eratives. The Youth Tour Contest runners-up from each state will be allowed to participate in the Youth Leadership Conference held in Oklahoma City next January. Those students will receive another $250.00 for participating and are eligible for up to $1000 in a special scholarship drawing. The Youth Tour Contest really showcases the remarkable students in our area because every year they do well.


As a former educator, I always feel special pride when I hear the student finalists present their research and creative ideas in the form of speechs. The contest began at SWRE in 1964, and our co-op is still sponsoring it all these years later because it provides students with experience in research, developing ideas, organization, and presentation -- both oral and written. These are skills that, once developed, will last a lifetime. Eighth grade students who reside or attend school in our service area are eligible for a special SWRE essay competition that is held in the spring -- the Energy Camp Essay Contest. Students submit essays and up to ten finalists receive $50 cash prizes.


From among the finalists, two winners of the competition (one from Texas and one from Okla- homa) will be awarded the opportunity to attend a weeklong energy camp held in late May at Canyon Camp near Red Rock Canyon near Hinton, Okla- homa.


SWRE proudly sponsors many youth activities throughout the year. I can tell you that in our co-op’s service area we have some of the most talented youth in Texas and Oklahoma.


The students in our part of the country are still well-rounded and talented youth… Individuals who we hope to continue to serve through our vision of Safety, Service, and Satisfaction – one FUTURE member at a time!


Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77  |  Page 78  |  Page 79  |  Page 80  |  Page 81  |  Page 82  |  Page 83  |  Page 84  |  Page 85  |  Page 86  |  Page 87  |  Page 88  |  Page 89  |  Page 90  |  Page 91  |  Page 92  |  Page 93  |  Page 94  |  Page 95  |  Page 96  |  Page 97  |  Page 98  |  Page 99  |  Page 100  |  Page 101  |  Page 102  |  Page 103  |  Page 104  |  Page 105  |  Page 106  |  Page 107  |  Page 108  |  Page 109  |  Page 110  |  Page 111  |  Page 112  |  Page 113  |  Page 114  |  Page 115  |  Page 116  |  Page 117  |  Page 118  |  Page 119  |  Page 120  |  Page 121  |  Page 122  |  Page 123  |  Page 124  |  Page 125  |  Page 126  |  Page 127  |  Page 128  |  Page 129  |  Page 130  |  Page 131  |  Page 132  |  Page 133  |  Page 134  |  Page 135  |  Page 136  |  Page 137  |  Page 138  |  Page 139  |  Page 140  |  Page 141  |  Page 142  |  Page 143  |  Page 144  |  Page 145  |  Page 146  |  Page 147  |  Page 148  |  Page 149  |  Page 150  |  Page 151  |  Page 152