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Cuivre River Electric Cooperative is looking to send six high school sophomores to the Missouri Electric Cooperative CYCLE (Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience) program this summer.

The annual contest is open to high school sophomores who live and attend school in CREC’s general service area, or who have the co-op’s service in their homes. Local teachers are invited to nominate sophomore students to serve as CYCLE delegates, or students may apply independently. 

As part of the application process, sophomore students are asked to submit a narrative about their school activities and community service. Applications are available at cuivre.com, at CREC offices in Troy and Lake Saint Louis, and at local high schools. 

The application deadline is April 15. A panel of judges will select six CYCLE delegates, and the names will be announced on May 11.

CYCLE delegates will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Jefferson City, July 15-17, to participate in the CYCLE program conducted by the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives (AMEC).

The conference provides an action-filled experience for the students, offering them opportunities to learn what it’s like to be involved in politics, community service, today’s pressing issues, the cooperative form of business and being a leader. Delegates will have the opportunity to tour the Missouri State Capitol and the National Winston Churchill Museum in Fulton. 

The CYCLE program is in its 17th year and is a past recipient of the National Community Youth Service award for the top youth program among all electric cooperatives in the country. Since 2004, Cuivre River has sponsored and provided more than 60 students with a continued focus on youth leadership and educational opportunities at CYCLE. 

For more information about the CYCLE program, contact Tim Schmidt at 636-695-4837 or by email at tschmidt@cuivre.com.

Cuivre River Electric Cooperative is the largest member-owned electric distribution cooperative in Missouri. It provides service to more than 65,000 residential, business, commercial, industrial and agricultural members in Lincoln, Pike, St. Charles and Warren counties.