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Emerging Public Leaders Class of 2012-13

The Emerging Public Leaders 2012-13
June 24 - 30, 2012

The Riley Institute at Furman welcomed the 2012-13 Emerging Public Leaders (EPL) to Furman's campus June 24 - 30, 2012 for a week filled with activities and opportunities to learn about public leadership. This year's participants come from various high schools throughout South Carolina. To view the Schedule of Activities, click here.

Welcome the 2012-13 student participants:

Olivia Baddley, Mauldin High School, Simpsonville, SC
Joey Baldwin, North Augusta High School, North Augusta, SC
Karthik Chandrasekar, Southside High School, Simpsonville, SC
Mona Clifton, Vero Beach Senior High, Vero Beach, FL
Ashley Donaldson, Hilton Head Christian Academy, Bluffton, SC
Ellie Fowler, Marlboro Academy, Bennettsville, SC
Alex Garland, Aynor High School, Galivants Ferry, SC
Seth Hanna, Hunter Kinard Tyler, Salley, SC
Nandita Karambelkar, SC Governor's School, Goose Creek, SC
Ken Krupa, Hammond School, Elgin, SC
Adia Louden, Columbia High School, Columbia, SC
Punam Mulji, Dorman High School, Spartanburg, SC
Miller Thompson, Strom Thurmond High School, Edgefield, SC
Tammy White, Mullins High School, Mullins, SC

Students returned to campus April 12-13, 2013

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

For the Spring presentation agenda, 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 —James Jordon, founder of The Jordon Companies. The Jordon Companies portfolio includes interest in businesses operating in real estate development and construction services; Alison Knight, founder of The Polished Room, a professional home organizing company serving the Upstate of South Carolina; and Michael Posey, a South Carolina native, is vice president for marketing and communications at United Way of Greenville County, where he provides brand leadership and leads the United Way Hands On Greenville program.

This year's guest speaker at the luncheon was Nika White. Nika has spent her career working as a marketing professional and a diversity and inclusion practitioner. In August 2012 she joined the Greenville Chamber as Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion. 

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:  Olivia Baddley — $800
Second Prize:  Nandita Karambelkar — $300
Third Prize:  Ellie Fowler — $200
Honorable Mention: Punam Mulji

Accomplishments of the 2012-13 EPL Students:

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