Sarah Hempen of Columbia represented Monroe Electric Co-Operative in Washington, D.C., during the annual “Youth to Washington” Tour, June 15-22. She and other Illinois students met with Congressman Jerry Costello and were among 75 rural Illinois youth leaders selected for the trip.
During the trip, Hempen was chosen by her peers to represent Illinois on the Youth Leadership Council (YLC) of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. The YLC is a year-long appointment and Hempen will represent Monroe County Electric and the state’s cooperatives at national and state meetings and events until a new YLC is chosen in June. In February she represented Illinois at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association annual meeting in New Orleans, La.