Emerging Public Leaders Media Coverage Archive 2016-2020

News stories about Emerging Public Leaders (EPL) participants are grouped together by the year in which they participated in the EPL program. If you click on the year, the link will take you to that year’s homepage.


Emerging Public Leaders 2019-20 winners and awards announced. Furman News


Bayan Abunijem, a senior at Greenville Tech Charter High School in Greenville, has organized a self-defense workshop to help lower domestic violence rates in South Carolina. Read more

Blanton Newman, a senior at J.L. Mann High School in Greenville, has organized a “Festival of Friendship” to bring together the “abled” and “differently-abled” in our community. Read more

Winners and awards of the 2018-19 EPL class are announced. Read more


Duncan Winburn, a senior at Westwood High School in Columbia, has founded “Star Day,” a program that celebrates special education students and the arts. Winburn, a fine arts student with cerebral palsy, led Star Day Friday, December 1 at Westwood High School. For the article in its entirety, Columbia Star

Erica Daly, a senior at Fort Mill High School, is working toward closing the gender gap in public office positions. For the article in its entirely, Furman University Press Release


Jessica Cole, Chapin High School, Chapin, SC, 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.

Read about Dipali Patel, Colleton County High School, Walterboro, SC, and her Emerging Public Leaders project. WalterboroLIVE.com

For Thanksgiving 2016, Jeremiah Drummond (2015-16 participant) is continuing his project and wanted to give people eating at the Spartanburg Soup Kitchen a Thanksgiving they would remember. He plans to return to the Soup Kitchen again at Christmas 2016. Read more about his story: WSPA.comWYFF 4