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Junior Rachel Nelson Wins Trip To Washington, D.C.
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-- April 17, 2006
(COLLINSVILLE) -- Collinsville High School junior Rachel Nelson is
one of two winners in Verdigris Valley Electric Cooperatives annual
Washington Youth Tour essay contest. She is the daughter of Tim and Vickie
Nelson, and a student of Mary Lykins.
Verdigris Valley Electric Cooperative (VVEC) is a rural electric cooperative
headquartered in Collinsville. It provides electricity to more than 30,000
meters in Tulsa, Osage, Washington, Nowata and Rogers counties.
The annual Youth Tour contest is open to juniors attending high school in
VVECs service territory. The two winners will join high school juniors
from across Oklahoma and the rest of the nation for an all-expense paid week
of site-seeing in Washington, D.C. in June. This is VVECs 40th year
to be a participant in the Youth Tour program.
Youth Tour participants are invited to write an essay on a specific cooperative-related
topic. Once submitted, the essays are then judged by a panel of persons knowledgeable
about rural electric cooperatives, and the specific topic. They judge the
essays on strength of ideas, style, and writing convention and grammar. The
five highest scoring essays advance to the final stage of the competition.
At a banquet in their honor at VVECs headquarters, the five finalists
give oral presentations of their essays before a second judging panel. The
judges then determine which two finalists win the trip to Washington D.C.
The three runners-up each receive $500 scholarships, and will represent VVEC
on the Washington trip if one of the winners is unable to attend.
Nelson is a student council representative at CHS, serves on the yearbook
staff, and is a member of Students Against Drunk Driving, Fellowship of Christian
Athletes, and CIA, along with playing in the band and on the basketball and
soccer teams. She also was selected to attend Girls State. She plans to attend
college after graduating from high school in 2007.
Second winner in the 2006 Youth Tour Contest, and accompanying Nelson to Washington
D.C., is Melanie Allen who attends Barnsdall High School. Runners up include
Briana Collins of Pawhuska High School, Kara Kerr of Owasso High School, and
Daniel Hayes of Oologah-Talala High School.
We are pleased to have these five accomplished young people representing
VVEC, says Pam Brackett, VVECs Youth Tour coordinator. They
are outstanding students and leaders in their schools and communities. We
applaud their commitment and the hard work required to reach this final level
of our Youth Tour program. They each did a fantastic job.
of VVEC s 2006 Youth Tour essay contest are Rachel Nelson (left)
of Collinsville and Melanie Allen of Barnsdall. Both are high school juniors.
In June they will spend an all-expense paid week touring Washington, D.C.
with winners of other Oklahoma electric cooperatives Youth Tour