Dr. Hill and students

Summer Leadership Institute draws top students 

June 7, 2004

SPARTANBURG – Forty-nine leading high school rising seniors from three states are getting an introduction to the dynamics of leadership and principles of team building at the Milliken/Wofford Summer Leadership Institute in Spartanburg, S.C., June 5 – 12.

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. Now its seventh year, 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.

On Friday, June 11, the students will get a chance to present their project results to Milliken CEO Roger Milliken and Wofford President Dr. Benjamin B. Dunlap along with the leadership teams 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 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 school students. 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. The week will begin with a ropes course intended to get the participants acquainted and working as a team.

Class Profile:
Of the 49 students representing 36 schools in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia, one student ranks first in his high school and one student scored a perfect 800 on the math SAT. Additionally, 20 are in the top 10 percent of their class and there are three student body presidents represented.

Attending are:

Kayatria Jones of Abbeville, SC
Lauren Hardin of Anderson, SC
Hayley Heaton of Anderson, SC
Ryan Sloan of Belton, SC
Nicole Hembree of Campobello, SC
Jonathan Hardy of Carlisle, SC
Heather Flick of Columbia, SC
Kim Grace of Columbia, SC
Krystal Johnson of Columbia, SC
Stephanie Sawda of Duncan, SC
Craig Sudduth of Duncan, SC
Mahogany Collins of Eastover, SC
Caitlyn Slattery of Enoree, SC
Josh Knuckles of Gaffney, SC
Jaykia Lowe of Greenville, SC
Sara Roe of Greer, SC
Brandon Chasteen of Honea Path, SC
Hayley Holbert of Inman, SC
Corban Smith of Inman, SC
Adam Wong of Inman, SC
Tevelyn Gaither of Irmo, SC
Amanda Dyar of Iva, SC
Kayla Wise of Leesville, SC
Elizabeth Killen of Lexington, SC
Tara Scott of Lexington, SC
Amanda Kinney of Moore, SC
Christopher Lambka of Moore, SC
Jay Wright of Pendleton, SC
Anthony Richardson of Rock Hill, SC
Torri Blunt of Spartanburg, SC
Angela Cavicchio of Spartanburg, SC
Katie Cheser of Spartanburg, SC
Caroline Colquitt of Spartanburg, SC
Reid Howard of Spartanburg, SC
Amanda Pickens of Spartanburg, SC
Ryan Shelton-Benson of Starr, SC
Anna Crawford of Williamston, SC
Casi Culbreth of Columbus, NC
Raven Moeslinger of Forest City, NC
Ashley Whitesides of Forest City, NC
Allison Stroud of Mooreboro, NC
Sarah Leonard of Tryon, NC
Marisa Acree of LaGrange, GA
Mark Belcher of LaGrange, GA
Katie Brackett of LaGrange, GA
Vonnetta Epps of LaGrange, GA
April Garrett of LaGrange, GA
Eric Blades of West Point, GA