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Missouri Students Attend 14th Annual CYCLE


Abbi Eckstein, Beaufort, and Jacey Lee, Reeds, were among the 109 high school students from across Missouri who participated in the Missouri Electric Cooperative CYCLE (Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience) program. The conference was held July 12-14, 2017, in Jefferson City. They were sponsored by Missouri Institute of Cooperatives (MIC), Columbia.

Each year in July, an 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 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 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 13th 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 on CYCLE, contact program coordinator Mike Marsch at mmarsch@amec.org. For more information on MIC contact Kristi Livingston at LivingstonK@missouri.edu.



Abbi Eckstein and Jacey Lee at the State Capitol in Jefferson City.

Photo courtesy of Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives.

For more information on MIC, please contact:

Kristi Livingston | Education Coordinator | University of Missouri | 125D Mumford Hall | Columbia, MO | 65211-6200

Phone: 573-882-0140 | Fax: 573-882-3958 | Email: livingstonk@missouri.edu