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8th Grade Energy Camp Contest Winners Announced


Kierra Stolle of Vernon and Cameron Ramirez of Tipton have both been named the winners of Southwest Rural Electric Association’s annual Energy Camp Essay Contest! Kierra is the daughter of Serena and Paul Stolle and her teacher is Mrs. Misti Dickerson. Cameron is the son of Michelle Ramirez and his teacher is Mrs. Marisa White. 


Other finalists in the essay contest included: 

            Jevon Fanner – Vernon Middle School

            Alex Rivera – Vernon Middle School

            Alyssa Horne – Northside School

            Brayden Fancher – Tipton Middle School

            Alexus Amaya – Tipton Middle School

            Danyelle Chavez – Tipton Middle School


Each year, eighth grade students who attend school or reside in SWRE territory are asked to write an essay on a topic provided by the cooperative. This year, SWRE asked the students to focus on ways to improve energy efficiency. The essays were submitted to an independent judge for scoring. All finalists and the winners received a $50 cash prize for participating in the contest, and the two winners receive a sponsored trip to Energy Camp this summer. However, instead of physically attending Energy Camp this year, Stolle and Ramirez will be participating in camp a little bit differently due to the health and safety concerns centered around the COVID-19 pandemic. Oklahoma’s Association of Electric Cooperatives has some exciting plans for the 2020 campers and we can’t wait to share more information in the coming weeks!


“We look forward to reading the essays our local eighth graders submit each year,” said Keith Bonham, SWRE’s interim CEO. “Thank you to our members and board of directors for your continuous support of SWRE’s youth programs!”


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