Although the 43rd Annual Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sumner-Cowley would like to recognize this year’s delegate, Isaac Jirak, in the pages of Kansas Country Living.
Jirak, son of Sumner-Cowley members James and Sandra Jirak, is a senior at Udall High School and was selected by Sumner-Cowley from a pool of high school applicants. To win this trip, students were asked to complete an application, interview with Cooperative representatives, as well as submit a letter of recommendation and an essay.
“Sumner-Cowley is proud to participate in the Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp and send local students to develop essential leadership and teamwork skills,” said Coni Adams, Sumner-Cowley CEO. “We were saddened but not surprised to hear of the Leadership Camp’s cancellation and while Isaac won’t be visiting Colorado, we are committed to finding a proper way to honor and reward Isaac for his achievement.”
Jirak was scheduled to join approximately 100 students from Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado and Wyoming on the trip were they would have learned about the cooperative business model, tour Fish Creek Falls, Trapper Mine and Craig Power Plant, visited Steamboat Springs and enjoyed a day of river rafting along with camp activities such as volleyball, swimming, and a talent show.
Sumner-Cowley sponsors one student each year to represent our cooperative as part of our commitment to community and our mission to help develop the next generation of leaders. For more information, contact Sumner-Cowley at 888-326-3356.