Group shot of Emerging Public Leaders participants with Dick Riley

2019-20 Emerging Public Leaders

2019-20 Participants

Rund Abdelnabi, Greenville Tech, Piedmont, SC
Ashley Anderson, Academic Magnet High School, Mt. Pleasant, SC
Sophie Anderson, Greenville High School, Greenville, SC
Mackenzie Brady, Ashley Hall, Charleston, SC
Hunter Bridges, Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School, Bamberg, SC
Douglas Culclasure, Wade Hampton Fine Arts, Greenville, SC
Faith Eberflus, River Bluff High School, Lexington, SC
Vee Edlund, Oakbrook Prep, Spartanburg, SC
Natalie Geiger, Next High School, Greenville, SC
Nayha Hussain, Riverside High School, Greer, SC
Ellis McLarty, Wade Hampton Fine Arts, Greenville, SC
Ariel Meriwether, Strom Thurmond High School, Johnston, SC
Jennifer Nguyen, Socastee High School, Myrtle Beach SC
Madison Pollock, Dutch Fork High School, Irmo, SC
Robert Runnion, JL Mann High School, Greenville, SC
Dustin Tant, York Prep Academy, Rock Hill, SC
Ellie Toler, Spartanburg Day School, Spartanburg, SC
Alecia Williams, Barnwell High School, Barnwell, SC

Winning Projects

First Place | Projects Receive $700

Rund Abdelnabi
Greenville Tech Charter High School, Piedmont

Abdelnabi’s “Pillowcase Project” provided children who are in foster care with personalized pillowcases and supplies that they can take with them as they move from place to place.

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Natalie Geiger and Ellis McLarty
Next High School and Wade Hampton Fine Arts Center, Greenville

Geiger and McLarty’s project, “Bulldogs Achieving Creative Happiness,” provided free 30-minute weekly music lessons, taught by music students at the Fine Arts Center, to low-income students at League Elementary.

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Second Place | Project receives $500

Ariel Meriwether
Strom Thurmond High School, Johnston

Meriwether’s project, “The Red Badge,” collected and distributed menstrual products to individuals experiencing financial hardship and homelessness.

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Third Place | Projects receive $300

Nayha Hussain
Riverside High School, Greer

Hussain’s project, “Cooking for a Cause,” taught cooking classes to low-income adolescents in Greenville County. Her classes focused on preparing healthy, affordable, delicious meals.

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Ellie Toler
Spartanburg Day School, Spartanburg

Toler’s project, “Positivity Pouches,” assembled care packages, which contained hygiene and menstrual products, for women at a Spartanburg food pantry.

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Honorable Mention| Project receives $100

Madison Pollock
Dutch Fork High School, Irmo

Pollock’s project, “Girls Fighting Back,” organized a self-defense class for young women at her school. SASS Go volunteered their defense training services.

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