Area students were among the 82 who participated in the Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience in Jefferson City. Pictured from left to right are: Leah Harris, Licking; Shelby Builta, Licking; Billy Bise, Cabool; Kaitlyn Tucker, Rolla; and Holly Williamson, Summersville.

Each year in July, 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 program — Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience — was July 14-16 and 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 small 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.

Leah Harris and Shelby Builta of Licking, Billy Bise of Cabool, Rolla’s Kaitlyn Tucker and Holly Williamson of Summersville were among the 82 high school students from across Missouri who participated. They were sponsored by Intercounty Electric Cooperative, Licking.

The CYCLE program is in its seventh year and is a recipient of the National Community Youth Service award for the top youth program among all electric cooperatives in the country.



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