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2014 Co-op Teens Power Texas Contest Winners

Texas students awarded cash prizes for essays, photos

Our Co-op Teens Power Texas Contest asked students across Texas in grades 6 through 12 to write an essay or snap a photograph representing the benefits of membership in their electric cooperative. Each entry was required to address the topic, “How My Co-op Helps the Community.” Congratulations to all our winners!

Essay Category

1st Place: $750
Sarah Roberts of Liberty Hill, whose mother Debra Roberts is a Pedernales EC member, is the 2014 grand prizewinner in the Essay category. Sarah wrote an essay titled “Necessity,” highlighting the benefits of rural electrification and the many local programs that Pedernales EC implements to enrich the communities in its service area. (Sarah’s sister, Abby, was the runner-up in the Photo category.)

Runner-up: $375
Tricia Taylor, daughter of Cherokee County EC member Galen Taylor in Tyler, was a runner-up in the Essay category, with an essay that explained the many advantages offered by electric cooperatives over investor-owned power companies, including co-ops’ local roots, concern for their communities and educational opportunities.

Runner-up: $375
Ethan Edward Brannon of Fayetteville, son of Fayette EC members Edward and Cindy Wilde, was a runner-up in the Essay category with an essay titled, “A Helping Hand.” Ethan wrote about the many services offered by Fayette EC, as well as ways the co-op exemplifies loyalty, honesty, respect and commitment.

Photo Category

See the winning photos in the slideshow at the top of this page.

1st Place: $500
Haden Olfers of Frisco, son of CoServ Electric members Kristan and Jared Olfers, is the 2014 grand prizewinner in the contest’s Photo category. Haden’s photo series featured friends at Hope Park in Frisco, an inclusive park and playground accommodating children with special needs, which CoServ joined with other community organizations to build.

Runner-up: $250
Abby Roberts, daughter of Pedernales EC member Debra Roberts in Liberty Hill, was the runner-up in the Photo category with her photo highlighting the many electric-powered appliances and electronic devices that make our lives easier and more convenient. The photo was captioned “My life is brighter with electricity from a Texas co-op.” (Abby’s sister, Sarah, won first place in the Essay category.)