Delegate's time on YLC ends
Among the countless memories Chloe Momphard has from traveling to Washington, D.C., last summer as part of the Missouri Electric Cooperatives’ Youth Tour program, none stood out more than when she learned about her selection to represent the state on the NRECA Youth Leadership Council (YLC).
“I was ecstatic,” recalled the 2018 Troy Buchanan High School graduate.
Of the more than 200 Youth Tour delegates sponsored by Cuivre River Electric Cooperative since 1964, Momphard is the first local delegate to be named to the YLC. The selection of the YLC representative is based on an application and interview conducted by chaperones while on the trip. Momphard participated in the Youth Tour last summer.
In Momphard’s year serving on the YLC, she returned to Washington, D.C., in July 2017 to learn more about the cooperative business model. In February, she participated in the Parade of Flags held during the opening session of NRECA’s Annual Meeting in Nashville which was attended by thousands of electric co-op leaders from across the nation. Also in the past year, she had several other speaking opportunities to help promote cooperatives.
Momphard has been thankful for the opportunities granted to her in the past year, all because she decided to enter the annual essay contest held by Cuivre River. Each year, students with the top six scoring essays win an all-expenses paid trip to D.C. for the Youth Tour.
“This trip was truly once in a lifetime,” Momphard said. “They don’t exaggerate when they say that. This trip was truly amazing. If I could go back, I would in a heartbeat.”
Momphard will attend the University of Missouri-Columbia this fall. She encourages high school juniors from the Cuivre River service area to make sure the Youth Tour program is a priority on their academic calendar.
“Because of this trip, I have been able to meet friends, learn about the history of our nation, get involved with cooperatives and grow personally,” Momphard said.
She also offers these tips for future delegates.
“Try and meet some people who are not from your cooperative or people you do not know,” Momphard said. “Step out from your comfort zone. Meet people from other states, take lots of pictures. It’s an outstanding opportunity.”