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Summer Leadership Institute draws top high school students


2009-06-19

Milliken/Wofford program set for June 21-27 for 36 students

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Thirty-six 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. They arrive on campus on Sunday, June 21, and will continue in the program through Saturday, June 27.

The Institute, held at Milliken & Company’s Milliken University and on the campus of Wofford College, provides the students with valuable corporate and academic experiences designed to encourage leadership and other skills for success in school and business. Now in its 12th year, the Institute is modeled after leadership training courses offered to Milliken associates.

Milliken and Wofford provide the students with leadership and team development skills that they might not normally receive through traditional classroom education. The program gives participants 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.

Part of the students’ time will be spent working with four community programs – the SOAR Academy, The Haven, the Soup Kitchen and the Cancer Association.

Institute participants are housed at Wofford, and evenings include a continuation of project work and free time for relaxation and recreation. Wofford students serve as counselors to the high-schoolers.

On Friday, June 26, 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,” says 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.

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

GEORGIA:
Andrew Anderson, Troup County Comprehensive High School, LaGrange, GA
Shaniece Brewer, Troup County Comprehensive High School, LaGrange, GA
Yanfang Wang, Callaway High School, LaGrange, GA

NORTH CAROLINA:
Joanna Edwards, Boiling Springs High School, Columbus, NC
Carson Putnam, Crest High School, Shelby, NC

SOUTH CAROLINA:
Holt Harrell, T.L. Hanna High School, Anderson, SC
Shannon Daniel, Boiling Springs High School, Boiling Springs, SC
Daniel Didok, Boiling Springs High School, Boiling Springs, SC
Lauren Givins, Landrum High School, Campobello, SC
Sergey Belous, Chesnee High School, Chesnee, SC
Brittany Campbell, Clinton High School, Clinton, SC
Taylor Brown, Spring Valley High School, Columbia, SC
Kalle Davis, Spring Valley High School, Columbia, SC
Caryn Wells, Richland North East High School, Columbia, SC
E.B. Winslow, Richland North East High School, Columbia, SC
Shakirah Hill, Byrnes High School, Duncan, SC
McKenzie Lane, Wren High School, Easley, SC
Makiera Simmons, Gaffney High School, Gaffney, SC
Calvin Hazel, J.L. Mann High School, Greenville, SC
Fielding Lowrance, Greenville High School, Greenville, SC
Brandon Green, The Carolina Academy, Lake City, SC
Kathryn Dill, Landrum High School, Landrum, SC
Kurt Bostelaar, Batesburg-Leesville HS, Leesville, SC
Sarah DeVos, Byrnes High School, Moore, SC
Jeremy Franklin, Dorman High School, Moore, SC
Jennifer Elson, Broome High School, Pacolet, SC
Turner Fortner, Wren High School, Piedmont, SC
Dustin Roberts, Wren High School, Piedmont, SC
Caroline Odell, Northwestern High School, Rock Hill, SC
Erica Bennett, Broome High School, Spartanburg, SC
Morgan Bridges, Dorman High School, Spartanburg, SC
Liz Fedalei, Spartanburg Day School, Spartanburg, SC
Aisha Guthrie, Dorman High School, Spartanburg, SC
Z'Corrian Jeter, Spartanburg High School, Spartanburg, SC
Meredith Walker, Union County High School, Union, SC
Kaitlin Brown, Woodruff High School, Woodruff, SC