June 24, 2011
(Kingstree, SC) - Blake Graham, of Pawleys Island, has been selected to
represent South Carolina on the Youth Leadership Council (YLC) of the National
Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). Graham will attend the YLC
Conference, July 16-20, 2011, in Washington, D.C. The conference agenda includes
leadership and team building exercises, meeting with congressional staffers who
are “alumni” of NRECA’s Electric Cooperative Youth Tour, and a competition to
select the NRECA’s National Youth Spokesperson.
“This experience will
allow me the opportunity to meet other students who have similar goals and the
desire to make our nation a better place,” said Graham of Santee Electric
Cooperative. “The leadership skills I have in my school, community and church
can be used to learn as much as possible about our nation’s capital and the
Graham’s electric co-op experience began in June
when he attended the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. with 46
other South Carolina high school students and more than 1,500 students from
across the country. The South Carolina students selected Graham to serve as
their representative on the YLC.
Graham, and the other members of the
YLC will participate March 3-6, 2012 in NRECA Annual Meeting in San Diego,
California. 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.
Annual meeting takes place at Erskine College's Galloway Center in Due West.
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