2012 SWRE Youth Tour Contest
Open to Texoma 11th Grade Students
Rural Electric Cooperative will provide two area high school juniors
with the trip of a lifetime next summer. Top prize in SWRE’s
annual youth tour contest for one Oklahoma
student and one Texas student will be
an all-expense-paid trip to Washington,
D.C. for a
close-up look at our nation’s government in action.
winners and six other contest finalists will receive cash prizes of
contest is open to all 11th grade students who attend a high
school in the SWRE service area. Eligibility is not limited only to
students whose families purchase electricity from SWRE. Any student may
Texas, SWRE area schools
Crowell, Electra, Harrold, Northside, and Vernon.
Oklahoma schools in the SWRE area are Altus, Blair, Davidson, Frederick,
Navajo, Snyder, and Tipton.
enter the contest, 11th grade students must write a 500-750
word essay on a specified topic that relates to the importance of
electricity in rural America.
Essays must be received at
the SWRE office in Tipton, Oklahoma, in February 2012 (due date to be
on the essays, eight students will be invited to SWRE’s Tipton
headquarters in late March to meet with contest judges and present the
information from their essays. At that time winners of the Washington, D.C. trips will be named and cash
prizes will be awarded to the participating finalists.
winning Texas student and Oklahoma student will travel to Washington, D.C. in mid-June 2012 with
state delegations of youth tour winners. In the nation’s capital
they will tour the U.S. Capitol, meet with elected officials, and visit
important monuments and locations, including the White House and Mount Vernon.
information resource packets for entering the contest will be provided
this fall to 11th grade English teachers in schools
throughout the SWRE service area.
contest packets may also be obtained by calling Southwest Rural
Electric at 1-800-256-7973.
to the youth of our area has been a Southwest Rural Electric tradition
since the cooperative was established in 1937,” said Mike Hagy,
SWRE CEO. “For more than 45 years our cooperative has sponsored
the annual youth tour contest and sent two students each year to our
nation’s capital. For many of those young people, the trip has
been incredibly positive, life-changing experience. I encourage all 11th
grade students in area schools to participate in the 2012 contest.
Their reward may be great.”