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Emerging Public Leaders Class of 2005-06

The Emerging Public Leaders 2005-06
July 31 - August 6, 2005

The Riley Institute at Furman welcomed the 2005-06 Emerging Public Leaders (EPL) to Furman's campus July 31 - August 6, 2005, for a week filled with activities and opportunities to learn about public leadership.  This year's participants came from Alabama, Ohio, and various high schools throughout South Carolina.

To view the Schedule of Activities, click here.

The 2005-06 student participants are:

Martha Bordogna, Spartanburg High School, Spartanburg, SC
Ellen Corman, Escambia Academy-Alabama, Atmore, AL
Jonathan Cote, Fort Mill High School, Fort Mill, SC
Brandy Durham, Northwestern High School, Rock Hill, SC
A'Shaunda Gore, Green Sea Floyd High School, Green Sea, SC
Shun Griffin, Emerald High School, Greenwood, SC
Olivia Hightower, Midland Valley High School, Graniteville, SC
Quentin James, Mauldin High School, Mauldin, SC
Will Lankford, York Comprehensive High School, York, SC
Omi Naderi, Charleston County School of the Arts, North Charleston, SC
Niti Parthasarathy, South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts, Greenville, SC
Elizabeth Powell, Carvers Bay High School, Hemingway, SC
Jennifer Rahn, Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School, Bamberg, SC
Patrick Sellars, Dorman High School, Roebuck, SC
Jane Werrell, Ashley Hall High School, Charleston, SC
Emily Wilson, Hartsville High School, Hartsville, SC
Adrian Zoller, Gilmour Academy, Gates Mills, OH

Students returned to campus March 24 - 25, 2006

As a requirement of the EPL program, each student planned, implemented, and presented the results of a public service project. Presentations were judged and criteria included vision, planning, execution, program impact, and presentation skills. For the Spring Presentation Schedule of Activities, click here.

This year's judges included Randy Britton, Harvey E. Choplin, Chandra E. Dillard, and Abby Elsener.  For their biographies, click here.

Winners were selected and received a cash prize that they may either: 1) apply to the budget of the project initiated by the student with the goal of continuing and/or enhancing the project; or 2) donate to any partnering organization or other organization in their community with similar mission/goals as the student's project.

The winners are as follows:

First Place:  Patrick Sellars $2,000
Second Place Tie:  Omi Naderi $1,000 and Shun Griffin $1,000
Third PlaceEllen Corman $500
Honorable Mention Tie:  Will Lankford $250 and Jane Werrell $250

Accomplishments of the 2005-06 EPL students

Brooke Culclasure, Project Director, and Cathy Stevens, Assistant Project Director, penned an article for The Greenville News on the 2005-06 winning projects; for a description of all the students' projects,  click here.

Ellen Corman was featured in the Atmore Advance, Atmore, ALfor securing a $75,000 grant to replace trees destroyed by hurricanes; to view the article, click here
Jonathan Cote was featured in the Fort Mill Times, Fort Mill, SC for creating a student liaison board; to view the article, click here.
Shun Griffin was featured in the Index Journal, Greenwood, SC for launching a new program, OperationImpact, that is designed to help middle school students become successful leaders in high school and beyond; to view the article, click here.
Will Lankford was featured in the Rock Hill Herald, Rock Hill, SC for developing a project that will create volunteer opportunities for students at the York Place Episcopal Church Home for Children; to view the article, click here.
Elizabeth Powell was featured in the Georgetown Times, Georgetown, SC for establishing a Diabetes Awareness Month and organizing events for its kickoff; to view the article, click here.
Patrick Sellars was featured in the Spartanburg Herald-Journal, Spartanburg, SCfor creating a children's book that focuses on conservation; to view the article, click here.