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The young men who represented Lugoff-Elgin High School are (from left to right) Braxton Byrd, Nigel Grant, Gunnar Catoe, John Wright, Tripp Keeffe, Jarrett Armstrong, Nathan Cobb, Heath Byrd and Evan McDonald. Todd McDonald (far left) is a staff member of the Boys State program and resident of Kershaw County.

Nine seniors from Lugoff-Elgin High School represented Post 195 in Lugoff at the 75th Anniversary American Legion’s Palmetto Boys State program. Boys State is recognized nationwide as a prestigious leadership camp and South Carolina has the largest per capita program in the country. This year, 1,026 rising high school seniors represented South Carolina schools to learn about leadership, government and citizenship.

Palmetto Boys State was held at Anderson University and delegates heard from state and national leaders in government and journalism including Gov. Nikki Haley, U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, S.C. House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford and NBC Today show anchor Craig Melvin, a former Palmetto Boys State governor and counselor.

Boys State is sponsored by the American Legion program which works with members, civic organizations, churches and individuals to raise the required tuition fees.

"I believe Boys State was the single most impactful week of my life. This one week equips young men with the tools to be our future leaders. There is among Boys Staters a brotherhood and bond that cannot be explained, only experienced. To witness my son experience Boys State and join the same brotherhood was truly an emotion not expressed easily with words," said Palmetto Boys State staff member Todd McDonald.

McDonald, who attended Camden High School, will return to Boys Sate for his 30th year with the program. His oldest son, Evan McDonald, will attend the program this year. Evan has hopes of being selected to return as a Junior Counselor following in the steps of his father.

Article and photo submitted by Todd McDonald