REC Youth Leadership Summit brings area students together

REC Youth Leadership Summit brings area students together

Motivation, leadership, learning and meeting other students brought 13 schools from Rural Electric Cooperative’s service area together for REC’s 12th annual Youth Leadership Summit. 

“REC is passionate about helping develop our youth’s skill set,” said Megan Lawrence, Manager of Member Services and Marketing. “REC and the Board of Trustees understand the importance of our youth and fostering leadership development for their future.”

Rhett Laubach, owner of Your Next Speaker, in Edmond, Oklahoma spent the day working with approximately 80 students about leadership and preparing for the future. The students interacted with each other throughout the day and gained useful tips on making an impact. Laubach has taught leadership skills for over 20 years to audiences across the United States, the Bahamas and Canada. 

This year, students from Bray-Doyle, Cement, Elmore City-Pernell, Lindsay, Maysville, Ninnekah, Paoli, Pauls Valley, Purcell, Rush Springs, and Wayne participated in the Youth Leadership Summit. In addition to a full day of mental, emotional, social and physical activity, REC gave five scholarships. The winners of the scholarships were selected based on their participation throughout the day, their application they submitted and recommendations from their sponsors.

REC's Youth Leadership Summit is partially funded by Cooperative Finance Corporation which allows REC to give four $250 scholarships and one $500 scholarship. This year’s $250 Youth Leadership Summit scholarship winners were Cristen Alcorn from Alex, Payge Wright from Cement, Bobby Pendergrass from Lindsay and Kiley Horton from Rush Springs. Seth Combes from Elmore City-Pernell won the $500 Youth Leadership Summit scholarship award.

“REC is honored to provide opportunities for our youth to learn leadership skills and we are thankful our schools allow their students to come and participate in this event,” Lawrence concludes.

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