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Local students participate in Palmetto Boys State

Posted: September 3, 2014 10:27 a.m.
Updated: September 3, 2014 10:26 a.m.
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Back Row from left to right: Todd McDonald (PBS Staff), Gunnar Branaham (L-E High graduate and junior counselor), Darius Myers (North Central High School), William Mathis (NCHS), Omar Mingo (Camden), Tyrel Smith (CHS), Zach Boykin (CHS), Ross Hough (CHS), Will Jones (L-EHS), Connor Tully (L-EHS), Shon Belton (L-E graduate and junior counselor). Second Row (kneeling): Andrew Mills (L-EHS), John Bowers (NCHS), Thomas DeLoach (CHS), Parker Robinson (CHS), William Springs (CHS), Mackey Cantey (CHS), Wyatt Boan (L-EHS). Third row (seated): Jordan King (L-EHS), Charles McCray III (L-EHS), Kendrick DuBose (CHS).

In August, more than a dozen young high school men from Kershaw County participated in the Palmetto Boys State leadership program.

Participants included rising seniors from Lugoff-Elgin, Central North and Camden high schools, as well as two Lugoff-Elgin High School graduates who served as junior counselors.

Boys State is an American Legion-sponsored national program that started in Illinois in 1935, and started in South Carolina in 1940 as Palmetto Boys State. It serves to teach young men about American government and politics.

“At first, I had no idea what to expect out of Boys State,” North Central High School student John Bowers said. “I learned so much about our government and how it works. I realized that there are so many things that I take for granted, like our freedoms others have fought for, and I gained respect for many aspects of our government that I knew little about. I met so many great guys from all over the state that I now call my brothers. I didn’t want the week to end.”

For the past few years, Anderson University has hosted the program.

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