A Du Quoin High School senior is being recognized today by State Senator Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo) as part of his Emerging Young Leaders Award program.
“The goal of this program is to encourage students to be thinking about, and engaged in, government and public policy,” said State Senator Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo). “This is an opportunity to spark an early interest in public service and to offer the students a chance to see government in action.”
The Emerging Young Leaders program began with an essay contest, where students were tasked with identifying a policy or cultural problem in Illinois government and to then recommend a course of action to repair the issue. As part of the program, winners were offered the chance to come to the Illinois State Capitol to shadow Senator Schimpf during a day of legislative session.
On May 27, Senator Schimpf visited Du Quoin to present the final award to Emelyn Darnell, whose essay focused on the minimum wage. Darnell wasn’t able to visit the Senator at the Capitol, because the COVID-19 pandemic happened before her day could be scheduled.
“I’ve been extremely impressed with the young leaders that this program has helped to identify,” said State Senator Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo). “I am hopeful that this will be a first step towards careers in public service for these bright young minds.”