HHS Junior to Represent UEC in Nation's Capital


Madilyn Hofbauer, a junior at Hermiston High School, has been selected to represent Umatilla Electric Cooperative at the 2015 Washington, D.C. Youth Tour from June 11-18, 2015.

Madilyn Hofbauer
Madilyn Hofbauer
Madilyn will participate in a weeklong educational trip hosted by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), joining 1,500 other students from all over America. The trip gives high school juniors a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience history at our nation’s capital.

Madilyn, the daughter of John and Misty Hofbauer, will experience the workings of our country’s government by speaking with Oregon’s state representatives, visiting the World War II, Vietnam, Iwo Jima war memorials and Smithsonian and Holocaust museums, hearing motivational speakers, learning about electric cooperatives and partaking in activities.

Madilyn maintains a 3.9 GPA, and is active in a speech and debate team, Star Dust varsity dance team, founder and president of a book club, and is a member of the high school’s chamber choir.

“Our community is fortunate to have accomplished students such as Madilyn Hofbauer, and we look forward to having her represent us in Washington, D.C.,” said Connie Shrum, UEC manager of member services.

Texas Sen. Lyndon Baines Johnson inspired the Youth Tour when he addressed the NRECA Annual Meeting in Chicago in 1957. In 1958, a rural electric cooperative in Iowa sponsored the first group of 34 young people to go for one week to our nation’s capital.