Video Challenge to Focus on Geothermal Technology

Through the use of video and social media, junior and senior high school students have a unique opportunity to showcase their creativity and compete for close to $60,000 in scholarship dollars and grants. The Go Go Geo Scholarship Video Challenge will officially be launched to schools during January 2013; however, information is available via the contest website –

Go Go Geo LogoThe Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives are the title sponsor for this event, with geothermal manufacturers, including ClimateMaster, Bosch and WaterFurnace, as co-sponsors. Kiwash Electric is a member of this Touchstone Energy Cooperative alliance.

Eligible students will be challenged to use their creativity in the production of a one to three minute video. Seven message themes have been created for the contest, with each having a geothermal significance. Information on the contest website will offer participants a general understanding of each theme.

The Challenge will consist of a Regional Competition, which will divide contestants into five regions, based on zip code. The top winner from each region will advance to the Final Competition to compete for even more scholarship dollars. In the final level of competition, the five winners will meet with judges in Oklahoma City for the final scoring and winner announcement.

Any high school junior or senior residing in Oklahoma or within the service territory of the four New Mexico cooperatives served by Western Farmers Electric Cooperative (WFEC) is eligible to participate. A list of eligible zip codes will be posted on the contest website. For team entries, scholarship funds will be distributed equally, if their entry is designated as the winner. Teams are limited to three members.

“The Touchstone Energy Cooperatives are excited to be partnering on this exciting project for high school juniors and seniors,” commented Mark Faulkenberry, WFEC’s manager, marketing and communication. “This contest could not come at a better time, due to potential pressures of rising utility costs in the near future. The advancement of geothermal technology is quickly making this option very viable for many homeowners, who may be interested in making a change before rates do increase,” he added.

WFEC serves as the regional partner for the state’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives.