CYCLE program means education and fun
Cuivre River Electric Cooperative sponsored five students at the Missouri Electric Cooperative CYCLE (Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience) program.
Local delegates were John Pezold, Wright City High School; Olivia Riek, Timberland High School; Clark Rogers, Winfield High School; Karli Heimburger, Holt High School; and Rajat Nepal, Francis Howell North High School.
They were among the 105 high school students from across Missouri who participated in the CYCLE program. The conference was held July 18-20, in Jefferson City.
Each year in July, three action-filled days provide high school students opportunities to learn first-hand what it is like to be involved in politics, the cooperative form of business and being a leader. The program included nationally known speakers and a day at the Missouri State Capitol learning how a bill goes through the process to become a law. To learn more about electric cooperatives, the group was divided up into teams that competed in various events like the “build a cooperative” game.
Another highlight was hearing from the Rachel’s Challenge Organization. Rachel Scott was the first student killed in the Columbine High School tragedy on April 20, 1999. Today, her family and friends speak to youth around the world about Rachel’s legacy of being a positive role model to everyone she met in life.
The CYCLE program is in its 15th year and is a recipient of the National Community Youth Service award for the top youth program among all electric cooperatives in the country.
Delegates sponsored by Cuivre River Electric said attending the conference was worthwhile.
“I definitely learned how electricity works,” Riek said. “The speakers were really good. It exceeded my expectations. It was fun.”
Rogers added: “It was entertaining and more fun than what I expected. I learned a lot, too.”
The annual contest is open to high school sophomores who live and attend school in Cuivre River’s general service area, or who have Cuivre River Electric service in their homes. Applications for next year’s program will be accepted in the spring. For more information about the CYCLE program, contact Tim Schmidt at 800-392-3709, ext. 4837 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.