Local students attend Missouri Electric Cooperative CYCLE program

Joshua Cymer, Lucas Coulter and Gus Cooper visit the Missouri Capitol Building during the 2019 Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience July 17 through 19 in Jefferson City.

JEFFERSON CITY — Joshua Cymer of Warrensburg High School, Lucas Coulter of Chilhowee High School and Gus Cooper of Crest Ridge High School were among the 103 high school students from across Missouri who participated in the Missouri Electric Cooperative’s Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience program July 17 through 19 in Jefferson City.

West Central Electric Cooperative of Higginsville sponsored Cymer, Coulter and Cooper.

Each year in July, students learn first-hand what it is like to be involved in politics and the cooperative form of business.

The program included nationally-known speakers and time 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.

Students also heard from the Rachel’s Challenge Organization that speaks to youth around the world about Rachel’s legacy of being a positive role model to everyone she met in life.

Students also toured the Winston Churchill Museum in Fulton and saw a live power line demonstration at Callaway Electric Cooperative.

The CYCLE program is in its 16th year and is a recipient of the National Community Youth Service award for the top youth program among all electric cooperatives in the country.

Staff Writer Sara Lawson can be reached by emailing sara.lawson@dsjnow.com or by calling (660) 747-8123.​

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