Nine high school juniors were named as finalists in Southwest Rural Electric Cooperative’s 2017 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.
Nine finalists have been chosen. Among those are three local students:
* Molly Biggs of Frederick High School. Her parents are Randy and Jill Biggs. Her English teacher at Frederick High School is Tari Espinosa.
* Brett Haight of Tipton High School. His parents are Eddie and Beth Haight, Davidson. He is a student of Tipton High School English instructor Misti Tyler.
* Ryan Oden of Altus High School. He is the son of Tyrone and Christina Oden. He is a student of Altus High School English teacher Audra Sherman.
All high school juniors who attend schools in SWRE’s 11-county service region were invited to submit essays on the topic “Powering Texoma in 2027: Power Sources Ten Years from Now”.
The nine finalists are slated to deliver oral presentations and answer questions from contest judges at a selection event on March 21. Winners of trips to Washington, D.C. will be named that evening. All finalists who compete at the event are designated to receive cash prizes. Parents and teachers of the finalists also are to be honored.
“Southwest Rural Electric Cooperative has a long tradition of support for youth programs,” Dan White, president of the SWRE board of trustees said. “There is no better example than the cooperative’s annual youth tour contest.”
“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,” Kenneth E. Simmons, SWRE manager and CEO said. “SWRE received many great essays this year from schools throughout the area, and we look forward to honoring these nine finalists as representatives of the many fine young people who live in our part of Texas and Oklahoma.”