Four area sophomores were among the 70 high school students from across Missouri who participated in the Missouri Electric Cooperative CYCLE (Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience) program.
The conference was held July 21-23 virtually and at co-op locations across the state.
Local delegates sponsored by Cuivre River Electric Cooperative were Alan Meyer, Fort Zumwalt North High School; Jamie Jarvis, Jarvis Home School; Macy Beckemeier, Winfield High School; Josie Hoskins, Troy Buchanan High School; and Anna Meyer and Joy Kassebaum, Liberty Christian Academy. The delegates sponsored by CREC also received a $450 scholarship.
Each summer, an action-filled three days provides 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 CYCLE Conference is the highlight of the summer for many students no matter the format and we’re proud to have the best and brightest become a part of our CYCLE family,” said Chris Massman, vice president of member services for the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives.
The conference kicked off with a motivational speaker. Students heard from Dan Meers, who entertains people and speaks to them about the power of positivity. Dan is the man in the KC Wolf mascot costume at all Kansas City Chiefs games and when he’s not entertaining over 76,000 fans on game day, he travels the country speaking to groups and telling his story.
Highlights included the youth visiting with Missouri Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe about the state of Missouri politics. Other events included participation in electrical related activities, including learning to make an extension cord. The delegates also heard from representatives from State Technical College, Western Governors University (WGU) and the University of Missouri. Participants heard great leadership and positivity messages from Johnie Hendrix, a training instructor for the co-op’s statewide, and Travis Mathes, the manager of member services and government affairs at Lewis County Electric Cooperative.
The CYCLE program is in its 18th year and is a recipient of the National Community Youth Service award for the top youth program among all electric cooperatives in the country.
The annual contest is open to high school sophomores who live and attend school in the co-op’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.