Local high schoolers announced as finalists for Cotton Electric essay contest

Local high schoolers announced as finalists for Cotton Electric essay contest

WALTERS, OK (TNN) - Ten area high school juniors are competing for the chance to travel to Washington D.C. this summer as a part of an essay competition hosted by Cotton Electric.

The Cotton Electric Cooperative’s 2019 Rural Electric Youth Tour contest asked students to write an essay on the topic “What do you find most interesting about electric cooperatives?” All of the entries have been pared down to 10 contestants and those 10 will present their essays at a banquet on March 28. Four winners will then be chosen and have an opportunity to join 1,500 students in Washington D.C. for a week in June.

The students will learn about government, the cooperative form of business and the business of rural electrification. The students will become more familiar with the historical and political environment of the nation’s capital through visits to monuments, government offices and cooperative organizations.

Listed by school, the 10 finalists and their parents are:

*Big Pasture High School: Harli Clem, daughter of Traci and Billy Clem; Taylor Gebhart, daughter of Carla Gebhart;

*Central High High School: Aryanna North, daughter of Darlene Lawson and Zack Reeves;

*Lawton High School: Shalei Okamura, daughter of Stephanie Okamura; Jadeyn Perry, daughter of Gina Perry;

*MacArthur High School: Colby Gilpen, son of Billy and Amy Gilpen;

*Marlow High School: Aurelia Holguin, daughter of Ted and Tosha Holguin; Melinda Whiteman, daughter of Stephen and Donna Whiteman;

*Walters High School: Jessie Bone, daughter of Mike and Tracie Bone; and Breighannon Hanks, daughter of Shannon and Kimberly Hanks.

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