McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

June 15, 2013

Program has assisted 85 Kiowa High School students since inception

From submitted reports
Submitted report

KIOWA — Tenaska Kiamichi Generating Station near Kiowa, Okla., and the facility’s electricity customer, Shell Energy North America (US), L.P. (Shell Energy), recently awarded a total of $8,000 in college scholarships to eight Kiowa High School seniors.

Since 2004, the companies have presented 85 scholarships for a total of $80,000 to local students. Scholarship recipients must demonstrate good character, academic achievement and leadership to be recognized.

“Civic involvement and leadership are the bedrock of strong communities, and it’s important to foster those qualities in future leaders,” said Robert Pope, plant manager at the Tenaska Kiamichi Generating Station. “We are pleased to help young men and women who have demonstrated their potential as leaders of tomorrow further their education and develop that sense of civic duty, pride and leadership that all great communities need from their residents.”

These seniors were named scholarship recipients: Jordan Armstrong, daughter of Richard and Kim Armstrong, of McAlester; Sayler Hackler, daughter of Carl and Brittan Hackler, of Pittsburg; Kaylin Kellogg, daughter of Rodney and Denise Kellogg, of Pittsburg; Baile Louderback, son of Brian and Misti Louderback, of McAlester; Margaret Mitchell, daughter of Jackie Mitchell, of McAlester; Maci Monte, daughter of Gerald and Susan Monte, of Daisy; Ashley Nichols, daughter of Ron and Kathy Nichols, of Pittsburg; and Jesseca Shipman, daughter of Charles and Jodie Swann, of Kiowa.

 Fueled by clean-burning natural gas, the Tenaska Kiamichi Generating Station produces 1,220 megawatts of electricity for sale to Shell Energy, which in turn markets the power.

The plant is a large taxpayer in Pittsburg County, contributing more than $17.2 million in property taxes since the plant began operating in 2003. Each year, the plant injects more than $4.4 million in salaries and payments to local contractors and vendors into the area economy, and plant employees provide approximately 170 hours of volunteer service, in addition to making other annual contributions.