Group shot of Emerging Public Leaders participants standing outside

2017-18 Emerging Public Leaders

2017-18 Participants

Jennie Allen, Union County High School, Union
Mitchell Beard, Mauldin High School, Simpsonville
Jackson Bingham, Dorman High School, Spartanburg
Vinita Cheepurupalli, Spring Valley High School, Columbia
Erica Daly, Fort Mill High School, Tega Cay
Kirsten Fisher, Wilson Hall, Sumter
Farehaa Hussain, Riverside High School, Greer
Vivian Karamitros, Clover High School, Clover
Avi Mahoney, Strom Thurmond High School, Johnston
Ronak Malde, Southside High School, Greenville
Ellery McNeil, Carolina High School, Greenville
Melody Moorehead, Hannah-Pamplico High School, Pamplico
Olivia Nelli, JL Mann High School, Greenville
Tejas Patel, Cougar New Tech, Walterboro
Mary Laurel Patrick, Greenville Sr. High Academy, Greenville
Manning Snyder, Porter Gaud, Charleston
Queen Trapp, Ridge View High School, Columbia
Duncan Winburn, Westwood High School, Columbia

Winning Projects

First Place | Project Receives $500

Jennie Allen
Union County High School, Union

Jennie will create a workshop for teachers that will discuss ways to improve homebound education. She will also make packets with information about homebound education for teachers, students, and parents.

Second Place | Project receives $300

Duncan Winburn
Westwood High School, Blythewood

Duncan will create a day for special education students called “Unbroken Star Day” where they get to be the stars. Activities will include painting, sculpting with clay, singing, dancing, and acting. After the event, there will be a showcase in which students may display their artwork, perform their play, etc.

Third Place | Project receives $200

Mary Laurel Patrick
Greenville Senior High Academy, Greenville

Mary Laurel will create a raised‐bed garden in the middle of Sullivan Street. Having a community garden in Butler Park will allow for interaction and improve relations between higher and lower incomge families, as well as the businesses and schools in the area.

Honorable Mention | Projects receive $100

Erica Daly
Fort Mill High School, Tega Cay

Erica will contact local women who are serving or have served in public office to speak about their experiences in campaigning for office, serving in public office, utilizing different skill sets, and running a successful campaign. These women will meet with high school female students to inspire them to one day run for office.

Farehaa Hussain
Riverside High School, Greer

Farehaa will create a TED based talk at her high school. She will audition and later instruct students in the art of public speaking. Riverside students will be invited to attend the talk and interact with the student speakers encouraging dialogue.

Manning Snyder
Porter Gaud, Charleston

Manning’s project, “Reading for Life”, is designed to improve the literacy rate of underprivileged youth in the Charleston area. He will accomplish this in two ways: first, he will plan a large city‐wide book drive; second, he will host a reading day in Title 1 schools in Charleston. The goal will be to encourage active and routine reading by providing books to kids in need.