26th Annual East Texas Rural Electric Youth Seminar Leadership camp Held at ETBUby Naomi Prioleau News Messenger
MARSHALL NEWS MESSENGER (7/10/13) - East Texas Baptist University was host to the 26th annual East Texas Rural Electric Youth Seminar (ETREYS) for high school sophomores and juniors to learn about leadership skills at its campus June 24-28.
The annual seminar serves to foster positive ideals and values among young people in addition to enhancing skills in leadership, problem-solving and interpersonal relationships.
Kathy Wood, general manager of Panola-Harrison Electric Cooperative, said one of the reasons the business supportd ETREYS was the lifelong lessons students gain from it.
"Many of the campers come away saying what a life changing experience it was for them,” she said. "It’s a good camp that provides different types of education to students.”
ETREYS is supported by nine electric cooperatives in East Texas and northwest Louisiana, including Panola-Harrison. The camp offers workshops, seminars and peer group activities.
"This is a fun type of camp, they have a talent show and break off into groups and we’re just trying to teach students to respect all different individuals and for them to encourage the best in the campers that are there,” Ms. Wood said.
Each year, Panola-Harrison offers the all-expense paid week to 10 sophomores or juniors who are attending a high school in the Panola-Harrison service area.
Participants are selected on the basis of overall excellence and involvement in extracurricular activities, leadership positions, academic awards and community involvement. About 125 students attended this year from a variety of high schools in East Texas.
"We’re trying to get the message out about the history of cooperatives and how they were formed,” Ms. Wood said. "We teach them how a business is formed initially and how it operates and the process of how bills become a law and how bills can affect our business.”
Anyone who receives residential electric service from Panola-Harrison and has a child high school sophomore or junior is eligible to participate. For more information on the camp contact Linda McNeely at (903) 935-7936.
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