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Emerging Public Leaders Class of 2015-16

The Emerging Public Leaders 2015-16
June 21 - 26, 2015

The Riley Institute at Furman welcomed the 2015-16 Emerging Public Leaders (EPL) to Furman's campus June 22 - 26, 2015 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. For the Schedule of Activities, click here.

2015-16 Emerging Public Leaders Students 

To view each students' project description and their video from the Spring presentation, click on their name. If you would like to view a complete list of projects, click here.

AJ AlfordFort Dorchester High School, Summerville, SC
Rhett BakerSt. Joseph’s High School, Greenville, SC
Desmond BrownScott’s Branch High School, Summerton, SC
Brianna BrunsonScott’s Branch High School, Summerton, SC
Kehler BryantBlue Ridge High School, Greer, SC
Mira Carroll, Southside High School, Greenville, SC
Celine CrumMauldin High School, Mauldin, SC
Drew DavisOrangeburg Wilkinson High School, Orangeburg, SC
Jeremiah DrummondPaul Dorman High School, Spartanburg, SC
Khalil GambleJames F. Byrnes High School, Moore, SC
Emma GrossSt. Joseph’s High School, Greenville, SC
Tori JabberIrmo High School, Columbia, SC
Andrew JamesGreenville High School, Greenville, SC
Elizabeth MarronGreenville High School, Greenville, SC
Kaitlyn SainClover High School, Clover, SC
Alexis WrightGreenville High School, Greenville, SC

On April 9, 2016, The Riley Institute at Furman University welcomed back its 2015-16 class of Emerging Public Leaders. Last summer, these students attended a week-long leadership program on Furman University’s campus where they investigated topics such as engaging in the community, analyzing critical issues, practicing ethical leadership, developing communication and presentation skills, and planning for the implementation of a service project. 

All of our 2015-2016 EPL service projects were exemplary and it was difficult to decide which projects should receive funds to continue. Each student worked hard and used his or her passion to create and lead a service project that changed other’s lives and made South Carolina a better place to live. To see a list of projects that won, please click here.  

Press Coverage

Read about the Spring EPL award winners, Greer Today

Scott’s Branch student, Brianna Brunson, was recognized by Furman University for her service project. She organized volunteers to visit nursing homes and spend time with elderly Summerton residents during the holidays. Brunson’s project also included collecting personal hygiene items for lower-income senior residents and spending time with seniors who were in the hospital. Manninglive

Mauldin High senior, Celine Crum, paints a mural at Mauldin Cultural Center for her Emerging Public Leaders' service project. Greenville NewsGreenville News

Jeremiah Drummond combined his passion for photography with his passion to give back to society. He spent two days using a corner of the dining room at the Spartanburg soup kitchen as a temporary studio and taking pictures for people who otherwise might not be able to buy a photo for the holidays. His story appeared in the following: Savannah Morning NewsAiken StandardBluffton TodaySCNowWashington TimesDeseret NewsNews 13Daily Reporter, The RepublicDaily JournalGreenville News 

For Thanksgiving 2016, Jeremiah Drumond wanted to give people eating at the Spartanburg Soup Kitchen a Thanksgiving they would remember. He plans to return to the Soup Kitchen again at Christmas 2016. Read more about his story: WSPA.comWYFF 4