Officials from Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative (REC) have several opportunities for area youth to put their best foot forward this year. 

REC officials are once again sponsoring two essay contests in 2018—one for high school juniors and another for eighth-grade students—as well as a college scholarship for area high school seniors.

Youth Tour

REC officials will send four high school juniors from its service area on a week-long, all-expense-paid tour of our nation’s capital in 2018 as part of its annual Youth Tour essay contest.

The contest is open to eleventh graders who attend school within the cooperative service area of Mayes, Delaware, Craig and Ottawa Counties (or Chelsea High School in Rogers County),

Youth Tour hopefuls may submit a written essay of 500 words or more on the topic: “The Future of Electricity.” Submissions must be received on or before March 9. Youth Tour winners will visit Washington, D. C., June 8-14.

Energy Camp

Four eighth-graders from the cooperative service area will enjoy a week-long adventure at Canyon Camp near Red Rock Canyon in Hinton, during the 2018 Energy Camp.

A winning essay will earn those eighth-graders an opportunity to take part in an educational trip that comes around only once.

A written essay of up to 500 words on the topic: “The Future of Electricity” must be submitted by March 16. Energy Camp runs May 29 through June 1.

College Scholarship

High school seniors whose parents or guardians are Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative members and who live in a household served by REC electric are encouraged to apply for a $1,000 college scholarships. Application deadline is March 16.

Four winners will be selected. Scholarship applications are available upon request.

Classroom incentive

REC officials are also encouraging area teachers to get involved and incorporate the essay contests into classroom curriculum.

If an instructor whose administration of the essays as part of classroom curriculum produces a contest finalist, he or she could be rewarded with as much as $200 toward the purchase of classroom materials or equipment.

Information about all of these contests may be found online at under the Community Services tab.

Interested individuals may request information by emailing or by calling 1-800-256-6405, ext. 9340.