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Kay Electric Essay Contest Winners Announced


Kay Electric Cooperative’s annual essay contest wrapped up on the evening of March 1, 2021. This year’s topic was “What moment in American history do you wish you had been a part of and what would you have contributed?” Forty-eight area juniors wrote some impressive essays about America’s past while the top eight competed for scholarships and cash prizes.



Jr’s – Left to right – Back row:  Kay Electric CEO Jason Boesch, Brady Harmon, Allyson Boone, Hunter Easley, Danielle Buttrum and Rachael DeBoard. Left to right – Front row:  Serena Horinek, Charleigh Haskins and Gracee Steirwalt.


First place Hunter Easley from Blackwell High School and second place Danielle Buttrum from Garber High School each received a $2,500 scholarship. Third place Charleigh Haskins from Blackwell High School and fourth place Brady Harman from Frontier High School each received a $2000 scholarship, while Serena Horinek and Allyson Boone from Frontier High School, Gracee Stierwalt from Shidler High School and Rachel DeBoard from DCLA High School all received cash prizes.



8th grade – Left to right:  Hannah Cross, Allison Schneeberger, Cash Orr, Colton Steinert, Treven Blaser and Erick Skrdla.


The area 8th graders competed in an essay competition as well. The theme of their essay was “What does being an American mean to you?” There were 65 amazing essays submitted with the top six essay writers winning a Chromebook. These students are Cash Orr from Blackwell, Colton Steinert and Treven Blaser from Garber, Homeschooled Hannah Cross and Allison Schneeberger from Newkirk, and Erick Skrdla from Medford.

Congratulations to all of the winners! For more information on KEC’s essay contests, please visit, or call KEC’s Youth Coordinator, Cyndi Mitchell at 800-535-1079 for more information.