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SC High School Students Selected for Riley Institute Leadership Program

The Riley Institute at Furman University has announced its 2019-2020 class of Emerging Public Leaders (EPL). Launched in 2002 by the Riley Institute, EPL is an intensive, statewide service-oriented leadership program for rising high school seniors.

EPL has accepted 18 rising high school seniors from across South Carolina for its 17th class, bringing the total number of students who have participated in the program to 260.

The 2019-20 Riley Institute Emerging Public Leaders are:

Rund Abdelnabi

Greenville Tech Charter High School



Ashley Anderson

Academic Magnet High School

Mt. Pleasant


Sophie Anderson

Greenville High School



Mackenzie Brady

Ashley Hall



Hunter Bridges

Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School



Douglas Culclasure

Wade Hampton Fine Arts Center



Faith Eberflus

River Bluff High School



Vee Edlund

Oakbrook Prep



Natalie Geiger

Next High School



Nayha Hussain

Riverside High School



Ellis McLarty

Wade Hampton Fine Arts Center



Ariel Meriwether

Strom Thurmond High School



Jennifer Nguyen

Socastee High School

Myrtle Beach


Madison Pollock

Dutch Fork High School



Robert Runnion

JL Mann High School



Dustin Tant

York Prep Academy

Rock Hill


Ellie Toler

Spartanburg Day School



Alecia Williams

Barnwell High School


Students will convene June 16-20 on the Furman campus, where they will investigate topics such as engaging in the community, analyzing critical issues, practicing ethical leadership, developing communication and presentation skills, and planning for the implementation of a service project. Thanks to generous sponsors including State Farm, Spinx, Walmart, and the Riley Institute, students attend EPL free of charge.

Following the summer, students work with Riley Institute staff, school officials, and residents in their communities to further develop their service project ideas and implement projects that address diversity and specific needs in their communities.

The students return to campus the following spring to present their community service projects to a panel of judges, and the winning project receives funds for program expansion or replication.