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JNEC sponsored 18 area high school students  in the 33rd 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 22nd – June 26th on the campus of East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, Texas. Programs focused on leadership development, problem-solving and team building.

At the 2019 ETREYS, nineteen scholarships were awarded at the conclusion of the seminar.  Jenna Kroutter received the Hector Hernandez scholarship in the amount of $250, Kiera Figgins received the JNEC scholarship in the amount of $750 and Whitney Gibson received the Carl & Bobbie Morgan scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Ana Castillo 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 3,000 young people have attended past seminars and another 120 high school students were in attendance this year.

Cindy Montgomery serves as JNEC coordinator this year. Tana Tomplait, David McCauley and Addie Whitehead served as chaperons.


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