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Summer Leadership Institute Draws Top Students

Thursday, May 29, 2003

SPARTANBURG – Forty-nine leading high school rising seniors from three states will get an introduction to the dynamics of leadership and principles of team building at the Milliken/Wofford Summer Leadership Institute in Spartanburg, S.C., May 31-June 6.

The Institute, held on the campus of Milliken & Company’s Milliken University and Wofford College, exposes the students to a combination of corporate and academic experiences which should prove valuable to their future education and careers. Begun in 1998 the Institute is modeled after leadership training courses offered to Milliken associates.

Milliken and Wofford provided the students with leadership and team development skills that they would not normally receive through traditional classroom education. It provides them with insight into leadership careers in business at an early age, and in the process helps attract top students to both Wofford and Milliken. Activities included team building, problem solving, presentation skills, creativity, entrepreneurship, and manufacturing plant tours.

Friday, June 6, the students will get a chance to present their project results to Roger Milliken and the leadership of Milliken and Wofford College. Also in the audience will be parents and high school administrators.

“I think it is important for young people to get out in the world and experience some of what they can expect in the future,” said Roger Milliken, chairman and CEO of Milliken. “It speaks highly of students who will take a week of their summer vacation to explore new ideas that will benefit them in future years.”

One key to the success of the week is the use of Wofford students as counselors to the high schoolers. The Wofford students established a bond with the young people that would have been very difficult for adults. Institute participants are housed in Wofford dormitories, and evenings included a continuation of project work as well as free time for relaxation and recreation.

Class Profile:

Of the 49 students representing South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia, five rank #1 in their high school class and 19 are in the top 5 percent. Additionally, 30 are in the top 10 percent of their class. Eight have SAT scores above 1200, including one with a score above 1500. There are 42 National Honor Society members. Thirty-three of the students participate in varsity sports and 11 play in the band.