The Historic Camden Shag Club awarded its 2019 $1,000 scholarships on May 17 during its “Cruisin’ Into Summer” event at the Shrine Club.
Lugoff-Elgin High School senior Madison Thompson was the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship for 2019 graduating seniors. Thompson will be attending Clemson University in the fall. She is a very active young lady as a National Honors Society Member, Thiel-Meyer Animal Shelter volunteer, National Technical Honors Society member and Future Farmers of America member. Thompson has also taken many advance placement courses and has a GPA summary ranking of 4.571.
Ryan Dabbs received the renewable college scholarship of $1,000 for 2019. Dabbs is a student at the University of South Carolina. He has been very active in the shag world since graduating from high school. He has gone on to take some dance lesson to improve his dance skills and has taken on the chairperson position of the Historic Camden Shag Club’s Junior Shag Program. His duties are to promote the state dance and to encourage the youth of our community to participate in the clubs actives and grow the Junior Shag Program. Dabbs has been very active in coming back to Camden on Shag night to participate in the club’s program. He is not only involved in the shag world but also a well-rounded student. He is very involved in politics, and still maintains an overall 3.520 GPA.
Second Nature provided the entertainment during the event with an attendance of nearly 300.
The Historic Camden Shag Club’s focus is on the youth of our community. Members want to give youth a place to go to learn and keep the state dance and music alive for generations to come. The club meets on Thursday nights at the Shrine Club (1379 Kershaw Hwy., Camden) starting at 7 p.m. The public is invited to come out and enjoy the fun and fellowship as they dance or just come to watch and enjoy the company of the community.
The club hands out at least two scholarships per year with one goig to a deserving senior who meets the application requirements, including attendance and participation requirements. The second scholarship goes to a deserving college student who stayed with the program while encouraging others to participate and who is one of the past scholarship winners. Former college scholarship winners are still eligible to receive this renewable scholarship.
The Historic Camden Shag Club’s board will meet in December to determine how many scholarships will be given and the amounts and wants to encourage the youth of the community to get involved.