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Emerging Public Leaders Class of 2016-17

The Emerging Public Leaders 2016-17
June 19 - 24, 2016

The Riley Institute at Furman welcomed the 2016-17 Emerging Public Leaders (EPL) to Furman's campus June 19-24, 2016 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.

To view each student's project description by region, click here.

2016-17 Emerging Public Leaders Students 

To view each student's project description, click on their name. 

Elizabeth Armstrong, St. Joseph's High School, Greenville, SC
Laura "Abby" Askins, A.C. Flora High School, Columbia, SC
Daniel Bacheschi, Southside High School, Greer, SC
LaDeja Bell, Fairfield Central High School, Winnsboro, SC
Tazaya Caesar, Kingstree Senior High School, Kingstree, SC
Jessica Cole, Chapin High School, Chapin, SC
LeAnne Davison, Wren High School, Piedmont, SC
Mary DeVenny, Lancaster High School, Lancaster, SC
Travis Dias, Wilson High School Florence, SC
Elizabeth Dunn, JL Mann, Greenville, SC
Caroline Farrell, James Island Charter School, Charleston, SC
Stephanie Gonzalez, Riverside High School, Greer, SC
Varsha Gopal, Southside High School, Greenville, SC
Jennifer Griggs, Hartsville High School, Hartsville, SC
Emma Grover, Christ Church Episcopal, Greenville, SC
Brandon Jackson, Spring Valley High School, Columbia, SC
Bhumika Jakkaraddi, Southside High School, Greenville, SC
Tyrese Lawson, Scott's Branch High School, Summerton, SC
Litzel Martinez-Garcia, Spring Valley High School, Columbia, SC
Olivia McGuirt, Mauldin High School, Mauldin, SC
Catherine O'Leary, Chapin High School, Chapin, SC
Dipali Patel, Colleton County High School, Walterboro, SC
Dennis Patterson, Spring Valley High School, Columbia, SC
Caroline Warren, Lowcountry Preparatory, Pawleys Island, SC
Lauren Xu, Governor's School, Clemson, SC

On April 22, 2017, The Riley Institute at Furman University welcomed back its 2016-17 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 2016-2017 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. The following are the winners:

First Place Winners

Travis Dias, Wilson High School, Florence, SC and Caroline Farrell, James Island Charter School, Charleston, SC. Each student received a $700 award.

Second Place Winners

Elizabeth Armstrong, St. Joseph’s High School, Greenville, SC and Elizabeth Dunn, JL Mann High School, Greenville, SC. Each student received a $200 award.

Third Place Winner

Elizabeth Dunn, JL Mann High School, Greenville, SC. She received a $200 award.

Honorable Mention

Olivia McGuirt, Mauldin High School, Mauldin, SC. She received a $100 award. 


For more information on each winners' project, click here.


Press Coverage

Read about Dipali Patel and her Emerging Public Leaders project. WalterboroLIVE.com
 
Jessica Cole is trying to get kids to read again. She passed out 1,000 books to third graders at Newberry's Gallman Elementary School. Her goal is to encourage kids to read both at school and at home. Read more (pdf format) and a link to the video.
 
Furman's Press Release on the winners.