Congratulations to our 2018 Youth Tour Finalists:
Destiny Barnard - Frederick High School
Ronna Dennis - Vernon High School
Deanna Duensing - Electra High School
Ragan Fieldhouse - Vernon High School
Timothy Paul Jacobson - Snyder High School
Jamie Jannaman -Frederick High School
Lincoln Muller -Navajo High School
Abby Schmidt - Tipton High School
Kaitlyn Thomas - Northside High School
Finalists will compete in the contest finals. Potential finalists will be notified of their selection and invited to compete as finalists. SWRE will provide them with the time and location of the finals. The finals will consist of two parts: speech and questions.
At the finals, each contestant will be asked to present his or her essay as a very brief extemporaneous presentation. (Extemporaneous is here defined as a “presentation neither read nor memorized, but presented with few notes in the manner of an after-dinner presentation.) A panel of judges will rate each presenter. While no presenter will be disqualified because of time, each presenter will be given three to five minutes. Presentations may include slideshows, video and props, although no additional presenters or participants may be incorporated into the presentation.
Final Judging Criteria
Poise of Presentation 25%
Speaking Ability 50%
Following Contest Rules 15%
[Staying within the time limit, presenting extemporaneously]
Following the presentation, the judges will ask each contestant two interview questions taken directly from the reference material that is provided in this registration packet. Criteria will be correctness of response and personal composure.
Breakdown of Final Judging
The judges will then select the top score from each district (state) as the winners. In the case of a tie, the judges will select the winner.
The top score in each sate (one from Texas and one from Oklahoma) will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. as part of the national Rural Electric Youth Tour. Trip dates and details will be provided.
Each participating finalist will each receive a $250 cash prize.