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Summer Leadership Institute draws top students

June 3, 2005

SPARTANBURG – Forty-seven 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., June 4-11, 2005.

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 eighth 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 10, the students will get a chance to present their project results to Milliken CEO Roger Milliken and Wofford President Benjamin B. Dunlap along with the leadership teams of Milliken and Wofford College.

“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 establish a bond with the young people that would be very difficult for adults. Institute participants are housed in Wofford dormitories, and evenings include 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.

SLI 2005 Class Statistics

Class Profile:
This year's Summer Leadership Institute has a total of 47 students – 31 females and 16 males from 28 high schools from across South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia.

Students were recommended by their teachers and guidance counselors and represent the top 10 to 15 percent of their rising senor class. Those students chosen for SLI from the pool of applicants not only excel academically, but also take on the added responsibility of leadership roles in their schools, churches, and communities.

In SLI - 2005:
16 have or are serving as student council representatives
1 has served a the president of his Student Council
32 are members of the National Honor Society
29 are members of the National Beta Club
4 have served as class presidents
1 is an Eagle Scout
3 work on their school’s yearbook or newspaper staff
12 are active in orchestra, band, or chorus

The majority of the group plays one or more sports. Several students have had their artwork exhibited, and one is a Daughters of the American Revolution essay winner.

Rotary Scholar
Erskine Scholar
Wofford Scholar
Furman Scholar
President’s Award for Academic Excellence
President of the Daniel Morgan Technology Center of Future Business Leaders of America
Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Ambassador
People to People Leadership Forum
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
National ROTC Winner

Participating in this year’s Milliken/Wofford Summer Leadership Institute are:

Brian Alston of Columbia, SC
Grady Anthony of Spartanburg, SC
J. C. Atkins of Campobello, SC
Ashley Blackwell of Mill Spring, NC
Keshia Boyd of Moore, SC
Amy Bruce of Inman, SC
Gabe Burrell of Campobello, SC
Kelsey Carter of Duncan, SC
Michelle Cheng of Cherryville, NC
Christy Childs of LaGrange, GA
Shauna Christian of Shelby, NC
Lyndsey Copeland of West Point, GA
Jasmine Davis of Spartanburg, SC
Laura Early of Moore, SC
Katie Fulton of Chesnee, SC
Matt Gilreath of West Columbia, SC
Elizabeth Hedrick of Greer, SC
Nykia Henderson of Spartanburg, SC
Victoria Hugee of Hopkins, SC
Haley Hutchins of Ellenboro, NC
Ida Jones of LaGrange, GA
Alie Jones of LaGrange, GA
Christie Lee of LaGrange, GA
Alie Malik of Spartanburg, SC
Bobby Mazgaj of Leesville, SC
Janaé McClurkin of Inman, SC
Keen McFarland of Tryon, NC
Dayonna Moore of Gaffney, SC
Kyle Noblin of Cowpens, SC
Daniel Parker of Spartanburg, SC
Zach Roman of Taylors, SC
Aja Sanders of Rock Hill, SC
Diana Sargent of LaGrange, GA
Shakara Shuford of Cowpens, SC
Courtney Smith of Forest City, NC
Nita Sumpter of Gadsden, SC
Zach Taylor of LaGrange, GA
Courtney Thomas of Greenwood, SC
Josh Thompson of Spartanburg, SC
Laura Turner of Mayo, SC
Chad Warner of West Point, GA
Jessica Washington of Columbia, SC
Brooke Whitlock of La Grange, GA
Amanda Wilson of Shelby, NC
Brittany Wright of Woodruff, SC
Kevin Wykel of Roebuck, SC
Mike Zhadkevich of Inman, SC