Co-op education

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Two local students were among the 76 high school students from across Missouri who participated in the Electric Cooperative CYCLE program. CYCLE, which stands for Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience, was held July 13 through July 15 in Jefferson City. Local students, sponsored by Barry Electric Cooperative in Cassville, attended the program and are pictured above. From left, are: Patience Lewis, of Exeter, and Macayla Coleman, of Cassville. The three-day event provides high school students the opportunity to learn first-hand what it is like to be 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 and becomes a law. The group also participated in a competitive "build a cooperative" game. Another highlight of the event was hearing from the Rachel's Challenge Organization. Rachel Scott was the first student killed in the Columbine High School tragedy that occurred 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. CYCLE is in its eighth 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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