WCEC Delegates Attend East Texas Rural Electric Youth Seminar

Ten youth delegates sponsored by WCEC recently attended the 2017 East Texas Rural Electric Youth Seminar (ETREYS) held on the campus of East Texas Baptist University in Marshall. These youth joined 120 other participants, each sponsored by one of nine East Texas electric cooperatives, to participate in the ETREYS program. ETREYS is a leadership camp designed to foster positive ideals, enhance leadership skills, and to teach the cooperative philosophy.

The camp schedule consisted of many teambuilding exercises, as well as presentations by outstanding speakers, including retired professional New York Giants football player Keith Davis; former University of Texas at El Paso and X-Factor contestant Isaac Tauaefa; former University of Minnesota Defensive Tackle and musician Josh Tauaefa; and comedian and youth speaker Shannon Pickard.

The delegates that represented WCEC for ETREYS 2016 were Diego Flores, Quitman; Hallee Griffin, Mineola; Mikayla Hubbard, Quitman; Mashall Rogers, Winnsboro; TyLik Simon, Winnsboro; Jordan Stanford, Winnsboro; Molly Tanner, Quitman; Jozie Taylor, Lindale; Tori Thomas, Harmony; Brenley von Reyn, Quitman. Spring Coleman returned from the 2016 year as the Youth Director to lead WCEC’s 2017 delegates to the seminar.

At the seminar, Diego Flores was awarded the Juan D. Nichols scholarship valued at $750 and Jozie Taylor earned a $750 scholarship. Chosen by his camp peers, TyLik Simon was selected as WCEC’s Youth Director and will return to help lead the 2018 camp.