Lovelady native Michaela Gardner represented the State of Texas, Houston County Electric Cooperative and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association at the Youth Leadership Conference.
Gardner was chosen as the 2015 YLC representative for Texas during her participation in the Government-in-Action Youth Tour in 2014.
Only one student is chosen as state representative of all the delegates attending Youth Tour.
As the Texas representative for YLC, Gardner gained hands-on leadership and speaking skills as well as in-depth knowledge of the electric cooperative industry.
She most recently represented Texas at the NRECA Annual Meeting and shared the week with electric cooperative leaders from across the nation.
"The board of directors and staff at HCEC are extremely proud of Gardner's accomplishment. She represented her community, her cooperative and her state well at the national level," HCEC officials stated.
Gardner is a freshman at Stephen F. Austin State University and is the daughter of Charles and Rhonda Gardner of Lovelady.
Each year, HCEC sends two local students to Washington D.C. to participate in the annual Youth Tour.
During Youth Tour, students tour Washington DC, visit with national leaders, and gain first-hand knowledge of how our government is run and its interaction with electric cooperatives. Participants are eligible to try to earn the position of Texas representative at YLC during the tour.