JNEC sponsored 18 area high school students in the 28th annual East Texas Rural Electric Youth Seminar (ETREYS). The winning students were chosen by a selection committee comprised of nine JNEC members representing each district from throughout the JNEC service area.
ETREYS is jointly sponsored by nine electric cooperatives from East Texas. The all-expense-paid conference was held June 27th – July 1st on the campus of East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, Texas. Programs focused on leadership development, problem-solving and team building. At the 2016 ETREYS, nineteen scholarships were awarded at the conclusion of the seminar. Matthew Cox received a $500 scholarship and Jamie Jackson received a $1,000 scholarship. Mason Collier was chosen to represent our Cooperative as next year’s Youth Director.
The ETREYS program fosters positive ideals and values in young people. Participants have a valuable opportunity to work with other top students from throughout East Texas. Approximately 2,000 young people have attended past seminars and another 125 high school students were in attendance this year.
Cindy Montgomery serves as JNEC coordinator this year. Tana Tomplait, David McCauley and LoriAnne Smith served as chaperons.