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Emerging Public Leaders Class of 2011-12

The Emerging Public Leaders 2011-12
June 19 - 25, 2011

The Riley Institute at Furman will welcome the 2011-12 Emerging Public Leaders (EPL) to Furman's campus June 19 - 25, 2011, for a week filled with activities and opportunities to learn about public leadership.  This year's participants came from various high schools throughout South Carolina.

To read the student's blog, click here; for the Schedule of Activities, click here

Welcome the 2011-12 student participants:

Austin Ambrose, Aynor High School, Aynor, SC
Krystle Ballatore, St. James High School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Hollis Carrouth, Cardinal Newman High School, Columbia, SC
Nina Conits, Christ Church Episcopal School, Greenville, SC
Aryana Derakhshan, Wilson High School, Florence, SC
Cory Freeman, Irmo High School, Columbia, SC
Taylor Gardiner, Broome High School, Spartanburg, SC
Ana Gibson, Riverside High School, Greer, SC
Xzavier Killings, Dorman High School, Roebuck, SC
Asyiah Ortiz, South Pointe High School, Rock Hill, SC
Katie Ryan, Bluffton High School, Bluffton, SC
Quentin Smalls, Hemingway High School, Hemingway, SC

Students returned to campus March 30 - 31, 2012

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; for the suggested presentation outline and presentation guidelines, click here; and for the scoring form that the judges used, click here.

This year's judges included —George Singleton, Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of Upstate Circle of Friends; Megan Dodgens, Administrative Assistant and Research Specialist for the Riley Institute and Ben Saul, a Furman student majoring in political science major with a minor in poverty studies. This year's guest speaker at the luncheon was Aaron von Frank, President of bitTyrant, a boutique full-service creative agency that helps businesses and organizations. For the Spring Presentation Lunch Program, 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 Prize Tie:  Katie Ryan and Taylor Gardiner — $800 each
Second Prize:  Aryana Derakhshan — $200
Third Prize:  Austin Ambrose — $200
Honorable Mention:  Krystle Ballatore

Accomplishments of the 2011-12 EPL Students:

Wilson High School IB student Aryana Derakhshan collected more than 7,000 pounds of food by organizing the Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive to benefit Harvest Hope Food Bank. Read more about her community project in the Pee Dee News SCnow.com.

Christ Church Episcopal School Nina Contis created "Teens for Tomorrow," a nonprofit organization for which she has raised $4,000 for Greenville County Schools.  Read more in the Greenville Journal, Greenville County Schools

For a summary of all the participating student projects, click here.