Area students gather together for REC's Youth Leadership Summit

Area students gather together for REC's Youth Leadership Summit

Leadership, motivation and learning brought 12 schools from Rural Electric Cooperative’s service area together for REC’s 14th annual Youth Leadership Summit. 

“REC is passionate about our youth and helping to develop their skill set,” said Megan Lawrence, Manager of Member Services and Marketing. “REC and the Board of Trustees understand the importance our youth play in our communities and fostering their leadership development will only assist them later in life.”

Rhett Laubach, owner of Your Next Speaker, in Edmond, Oklahoma spent the day working with approximately 90 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 Alex, Bray-Doyle, Cement, Dibble, Lindsay, Maysville, Ninnekah, Paoli, Pauls Valley, Purcell, Wayne and Wynnewood 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 Kaily Early from Bray-Doyle, Ivy Spieker from Dibble, Shayley Satterfield from Pauls Valley and Jacob Matthews from Purcell. Breana Speerbrecher from Paoli won the $500 Youth Leadership Summit scholarship award.

“REC is honored to provide opportunities for our youth to expand their leadership skills," Lawrence adds. "We are also thankful the schools in our service terriotry allow their students to participate in this event and all of our youth programs."

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