Four local students represent Crawford Electric at statewide co-op conference

Pictured left are Crawford Electric’s delegates to the electric cooperative CYCLE program, spending a day at the Missouri Capitol, are Cheyenne Hewkin of Cuba, Taylor Schwader of Bourbon, Lydia Kapelmann of Rosebud, and Erin Gaddis of Steelville.

BOURBON, Mo. – Four local students were among more than 100 high school students from across Missouri who recently participated in the Electric Cooperative CYCLE program, which was held July 9-11 in Jefferson City. CYCLE stands for Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience. 

Crawford Electric’s CYCLE delegates for 2014 were Cheyenne Hewkin of Cuba, Taylor Schwader of Bourbon, Lydia Kapelmann of Rosebud, and Erin Gaddis of Steelville.

This award-winning program offers students an action-filled three days to develop their leadership skills. They also learn more about government and the cooperative form of business. The program included nationally known speakers and a day at the Missouri State Capitol learning how a bill becomes a law. 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 11th year and is a recipient of the National Community Youth Service award for the top youth program among all electric cooperatives in the country. For more information, please visit www.amec.org/content/about-cycle.

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.