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Youth Tour

SWRE Youth Tour Contest Open to Texoma 11th Grade Students

Every year Southwest Rural Electric Cooperative provides two area high school juniors with the trip of a lifetime. Top prize in SWRE’s annual youth tour contest for one Oklahoma student and one Texas student is an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. for a close-up look at our nation’s government in action.

The winners and at least six other contest finalists will receive cash prizes of $250 each.

     2017 Youth Tour Winners

The contest is open each year 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 enter.

In Texas, SWRE area schools include Chillicothe, Crowell, Electra, Harrold, Northside, and Vernon.

Oklahoma schools in the SWRE area are Altus, Blair, Davidson, Frederick, Navajo, Snyder, and Tipton.

Essay materials are usually released in October, with a February deadline for completed essays.

“Service 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 50 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 contest. Their reward may be great.”

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