Community Interest

CREC sponsors five students at CYCLE

Five area students sponsored by Cuivre River Electric Cooperative were among nearly 100 students who participated in the Missouri Electric Cooperative CYCLE (Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience) program. The conference was held July 13-15 at the Double Tree Hotel in Jefferson City.

The local delegates were Christine Wehmeyer, Elsberry High School; Brody Kuehn, Liberty Christian Academy; and Grace Richardson, Emma Thomas and Megan Geisler, all of Liberty High School.

Each year in July, this 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 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 like the “build a cooperative” game.

Another highlight was hearing from the Rachel’s Challenge Organization. Rachel Scott was one of the students killed in the Columbine High School tragedy in 1999. 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. Students also toured the Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City and saw a live power line demonstration, as well as several electric vehicles at the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperative headquarters.

The CYCLE program is in its 19th 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 Cuivre River’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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Five area high school students sponsored by Cuivre River Electric Cooperative traveled to Jefferson City July 13-15 to attend the Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience (CYCLE) program.
Pictured, from left, are Emma Thomas (Liberty High School), Christine Wehmeyer (Elsberry High School), Brody Kuehn (Liberty Christian Academy), Grace Richardson (Liberty High School) and Megan Geisler (Liberty High School).