Frederick, Northside Students Attend Oklahoma Youth Leadership Summit
OKLAHOMA CITY – Thirty students, representing Oklahoma’s Electric Cooperatives, attended the 2019 Oklahoma’s Electric Cooperatives Leadership Summit on March 18, 2019, at the Oklahoma State Fair Grounds. Among these students were Southwest Rural Electric Association’s (SWRE) representatives, Jamie Jannaman, a senior at Frederick High School and Kaitlyn Thomas, senior at Northside High School.
Jannaman and Thomas were selected as the 2019 SWRE Youth Summit delegate due to their outstanding scores in the finalist portion of 2018 Youth Tour contest. The students’ essays and speeches won them a $250 prize from SWRE and a participant spot in the 2019 Youth Leadership Summit program, Thomas and Jannaman also received an additional $500 scholarship each at the event.
This annual event is designed to excite and motivate high school students to become leaders of their communities. Almost 500 Oklahoma high school students have been recognized for their leadership abilities by having the opportunity to attend one of the previous leadership summits.
The program featured Oklahoma natives, Rhett Laubach and Kelly Barnes, who collectively spent over 40 years sharing leadership messages with students and adults in the education, agriculture, insurance, health, transportation and sales industries. The students learned how to focus on how to make the most of the service and growth opportunities today and in the future. The program helped increase the students understanding of how leaders create change, overcome obstacles and serve others through behavior and attitude.
“I had so much fun. I learned a lot and made great friends. I think everyone should take steps to get here!”, said Thomas.