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Oliver named national co-op spokesman

(Washington, D.C.) - Devin Oliver, of Bluffton, has been selected as the national spokesperson for the Youth Leadership Council, a program sponsored by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA).  Oliver attended the annual Youth Leadership Council Conference July 21-25 in Washington, D.C.  The conference builds leadership and public speaking skills and enhances the participants’ knowledge of the energy industry and the cooperative form of business.

“I’m pumped,” Oliver said.  “I’ve taken my leadership skills in my school and community to a new level.  I want to thank Palmetto Electric Cooperative for allowing me to go on this trip of a lifetime."

Oliver’s electric co-op experience began in June when he attended the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. with 47 other South Carolina high school students and morethan 1,500 students from across the country.  Oliver was one of three students selected to go on the trip by Palmetto Electric Cooperative.  The South Carolina students selected Oliver to serve as their representative on the YLC.

During the YLC conference, participants from more than 40 states delivered a 5-7 minute speech about what inspired them during their Youth Tour trip.  Oliver was chosen as national spokesperson based upon his speech—E Pluribus Unum, which means “out of many, one.”


Oliver, will deliver his speech again during the NRECA annual membership meeting February 13-20 in New Orleans. 



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