Meghan Sullenger of Fayetteville was selected to represent Tennessee on the Youth Leadership Council of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.
Meghan represented her state by attending the YLC Conference held in July in Washington, D.C.
The conference agenda included leadership and team building exercises, meeting with Capitol Hill staff members who are alumni of NRECA’s Electric Cooperative Youth Tour and a competition to select the NRECA’s National Youth Spokesperson.
Meghan’s experience began in June when she attended the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. with over 1,500 high school students from across the nation who were all sponsored by their local electric cooperatives. The Youth Tour is sponsored locally by Fayetteville Public Utilities. The Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association (TECA) then selected Meghan to serve on the YLC for Tennessee and attend the Leadership Conference.
All 44 members of the YLC, including Meghan, will participate in the 2013 NRECA Annual Meeting in New Orleans, La., on Feb. 14-21. They will provide assistance to the NRECA staff and co-op delegates, participate in the Parade of States at the opening General Session and take part in a variety of educational activities.
Meghan has represented Tennessee as a youth spokesperson at the 2012 TECA Annual Meeting in Nashville by representing the 180 participants of our state’s Youth Tour group.
“We are very proud of Meghan and her accomplishments,” says Britt Dye, Fayetteville Public Utilities’ CEO and general manager. “She is the second student from Lincoln County to be selected as the YLC representative in the past four years.
“This is what it’s all about,” said Dye. “We are preparing our youth for the future by helping expand their knowledge of the American political system, broadening their understanding of our mission as a rural utility and developing their leadership skills.”
NRECA is the national service organization representing the nation’s more than 900 private, consumer-owned electric cooperatives, which provide electric service to 42 million people in 47 states.