Crawford Electric sponsors four students for Jefferson City leadership conference

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Pictured left to right: Scarlett Warner of Gerald, Luke Carter of Bourbon, and Rozea’ Bellinger and Emily Reinhold, both of Sullivan, enjoied their day at the state Capitol during the Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience (CYCLE) in Jefferson City in July. The students were sponsored by Crawford Electric Cooperative

Bourbon, Mo. – Four local students were among the 98 young Missourians who recently participated in the award-winning CYCLE program created by the state’s electric cooperatives.

Scarlett Warner of Gerald, Luke Carter of Bourbon, and RozeaBellinger and Emily Reinhold, both of Sullivan, spent July 18-20 in Jefferson City as Crawford Electric’s delegates to the Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience (CYCLE). All four will be starting their senior year in high school this fall.

The annual July conference provides high school students the opportunity to develop leadership skills while they learn about politics and the cooperative business model.

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 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.

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

Crawford Electric Cooperative is a member of Touchstone Energy, a national alliance of locally owned, community-minded electric co-ops with high standards of service. Crawford Electric serves more than 19,000 meters along more than 3,300 miles of distribution lines in Crawford, Franklin, Gasconade, Washington and Dent counties.