REC's youth program winners
Rural Electric Cooperative recently awarded and recognized 24 area students with trips and scholarships. Ten high school seniors shared $11,000 in scholarships assisting with their college expenses. Six high school juniors received a $1,500 scholarship and an iPad for Oklahoma Youth Tour Leadership Conference. While eight eighth graders won a Chromebook to attend Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperative’s virtual YouthPower Energy Camp.
To compete in the scholarship contest, students were required to complete an application, and from all applicants, a committee of REC’s Board selected 10 finalists to interview. All finalists were selected as winners. Two students received $1,500 scholarships and eight received $1,000 each. Winners of the $1,500 scholarships were Kye Heldermon of Alex and Rhylee Tucker of Pauls Valley. Scholarships of $1,000 each went to: Bailey White of Chickasha, Cole Clanton of Dibble, Emily Riddle of Elmore City-Pernell, Cade Belveal from Lindsay, Kaden Cook of Lindsay, Felix Alonzo Perez of Lindsay, Julie Balcerak of Pauls Valley and Baylee Douthit of Rush Springs.
High school juniors competing in the Youth Tour contest wrote an essay as the first step of the competition. Judges selected the top six essays as finalists, and then the finalists competed in a virtual speech contest to attend the Oklahoma Youth Tour Leadership Conference. Judges selected Emily Womack from Bray-Doyle, Gage Dellin and Aby Tadlock of Elmore City-Pernell, Carter Russell of Lindsay, Madisyn Magnolia and Taylor Wenzel of Ninnekah.
REC’s winners to virtual YouthPower Energy Camp were selected from a large group of essays submitted by eighth graders from several area schools. The winners include: Lane Dellin, Taryn McCaa, Riley Shreve, Cameron Thorn and Matthew Williams of Elmore City-Pernell; Tessa Inman and Kennedy Smith of Lindsay and Gentry Wilmot of Maysville.