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News Southwest Rural Electric Association April 2016


Kendall Roberts of Tipton High School and Emma McSpadden of Vernon High School have been named winners of Southwest Rural Electric Association’s 2016 Youth Tour Contest. As Youth Tour winners, Kendall and Emma will receive all-expense-paid trips to Washington, D.C. this summer with delegations of other co-op students from their respective states.


Kendall is the daughter of Sherri and Charles Roberts, Tipton.


Emma is the daughter of Pamela and James McSpadden of Vernon. During their trip to


Eight Texoma students participated as finalists in Southwest Rural Electric Association’s


Washington, D.C., the two Texoma youth will visit the U.S. Capitol, Mount Vernon, the capital city’s many memorials and museums, and Arlington National Cemetery. They will also have the opportunity to visit with numerous elected officials. Runners-up in the contest are Logan Coleman, Frederick High School, and Brady Aderholt, Vernon High School. Logan is the daughter of Misty and Ricky Coleman, Davidson. Brady is the son of Lisa and Ken Aderholt, Harrold.


2016 Youth Tour Essay Contest. Students are (front, l to r) Brady Aderholt, Vernon High School, Texas runner-up; Emma McSpadden, Vernon High School, Texas contest winner; Kendall Roberts, Tipton High School, Oklahoma contest winner; and Logan Coleman, Frederick High School, Oklahoma runner-up. Also (back, l to r) Adam Henry, Electra High School; Kaley West, Vernon High School; David Gilstad, Navajo High School; and Victoria Willis, Davidson High School.


All finalists received certificates and cash prizes. The SWRE Youth Tour Contest is open each year to all 11th grade students who live or attend school in the SWRE service area.


As runners-up, Logan and Brady will have the opportunity to represent SWRE at the 2017 high school Touchstone Leadership Summit to be held next January in Oklahoma City. Other 2016 contest finalists were Adam Henry, Electra High School, son of Anna and Charles Henry; David Gilstad, Navajo High School, son of Michelle and Gregory Gilstad; Kaley West, Vernon High School, daughter of Amy and Curtis West; and Victoria Willis, Davidson High School, daughter of Arlene Willis.


Students were required to write a 500-750-word essay on the topic “Electricity Powers our Lives.” Eight contest finalists were chosen based on their


essays. The eight presented their essays as extemporaneous speeches at a dinner held Monday evening, March 28, at SWRE headquarters in Tipton. A panel of judges determined contest winners based on the presentations. The annual SWRE Youth Tour Essay Contest for high school juniors is an annual tradition that began in 1964.


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Tipton and Vernon Students Named Youth Tour Winners


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