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Local students participate in Palmetto Boys State
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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.