Eight high school juniors have been named as finalists in Southwest Rural Electric Cooperative’s 2016 Youth Tour Contest. Top prize in the contest for one Oklahoma student and one Texas student will be an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. this summer.
Four finalists are from Texas schools, and four are from Oklahoma.
Texas finalists in the SWRE competition are: Brady Aderholt, Vernon High School; Adam Henry, Electra High School; Emma McSpadden, Vernon High School; and Kaley West, Vernon High School.
Oklahoma finalists in the 2016 SWRE contest are: Logan Coleman, Frederick High School. Logan is the daughter of Ricky and Misty Coleman. She is a student of FHS English teacher Mike Wynn; David Gilstad, Navajo High School. David is the son of Gregory and Michelle Gilstad, and a student of Navajo English teacher Brandi Waldroop; Kendall Roberts, Tipton High School. Kendall’s parents are Charles and Sherri Roberts. She is a student of THS English teacher Misti Tyler; and Victoria Willis, Davidson High School. Victoria is the daughter of Arlene Willis. Her English teacher is Tari Espinosa.
All high school juniors who attend schools in SWRE’s 11-county service region were invited to submit essays on the topic “Electricity Powers Our Lives”.
The eight finalists will deliver oral presentations and answer questions from contest judges at a selection event on Monday evening, March 28. Winners of trips to Washington, D.C. will be named that evening. All finalists who compete at the event will receive cash prizes.
Parents and teachers of the finalists will also be recognized.
“Southwest Rural Electric Cooperative has a long tradition of support for youth programs,” said Dan White, president of the SWRE board of trustees. “There is no better example than the cooperative’s annual youth tour contest.”
Mike R. Hagy, SWRE Chief Executive Officer, said, “Since the contest’s beginning in 1964, hundreds of Texoma young people have been recognized for excellence through the contest’s requirements for written and oral presentation. SWRE received many great essays this year from schools throughout the area, and we look forward to honoring these ten finalists as representatives of the many fine young people who live in our part of Texas and Oklahoma.”