Imagine that you lived on a farm in the 1930s before the REA provided rural electricity. Describe a day in your life.
That is the topic that eighth-grade students throughout Southwest Rural Electric Association’s service area in Oklahoma and Texas considered recently in the 2016 SWRE Energy Essay Contest.
Ten Texoma students were named winners in the contest and received $50 cash prizes. Two students were also selected to attend the Touchstone Energy Camp that will be held May 31-June 3 near Red Rock Canyon in western Oklahoma.
The five Oklahoma contest winners are:
Ally Angelly, Blair Middle School. Parents are Melvin and Stephanie Angelly of Altus. Her English teacher is Kathi Martin.
Garrett Haight, Tipton Middle School. He is the son of Beth Haight of Davidson. His English teacher is Delia White.
Paula Hickerson, Snyder Elementary School. She is the daughter of Teresa and Paul Hickerson, Mountain Park. Her English teacher is Jessica Carter.
Makenna Hill, Frederick Middle School. Her parents are Roxie and Roger Hill. Her English teacher is Classie Nolan.
Rocio Quinui, Navajo School. She is the daughter of Monica and Ramon Quinui. Her English teacher at Navajo is Brandi Waldroop.
Five Texas contest winners are as follows: Blake Aderholt, Vernon Middle School. His parents are Lisa and Ken Aderholt, Harrold. His English teacher is Misti Dickerson.
Kollin Bergt, Vernon Middle School. His parents are Kim and Kevin Bergt. His VMS English teacher is Misti Dickerson.
Sarah Castleberry, Vernon Middle School. Her parents are Came and Toby Casteberry. Her English teacher at VMS is Misti Dickerson.
Elijah Dickerson, Vernon Middle School. He is the son of Deana Woods and Tye Dickerson. His VMS English teacher is Melanie Smith.
Addison Ragland, Vernon Middle School. Her parents are Tessa and Albert Ragland. Her English teacher is Melanie Smith.
Makenna Hill of Frederick and Blake Aderholt of Vernon will represent SWRE at the Touchstone Energy Camp.
“Supporting local education has always been a top priority for our cooperative’s members,” said Mike Hagy, SWRE’s chief executive officer. “We are pleased to be able to recognize these excellent eighth-grade students.”
The annual Youth Energy Contest is open to any eighth-grader who attends school or resides in the SWRE service area. Southwest Rural Electric Cooperative is a member-owned utility company that provides electric service throughout a 6,000-square-mile area of north Texas and southwest Oklahoma. Its headquarters are located in Tipton, Oklahoma.