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Milliken/Wofford Summer Leadership Institute draws top high school students

Friday, June 15, 2007

SPARTANBURG – Forty-eight 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 arrived on campus on Saturday, June 16, and will continue in the program through Saturday, June 23.

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 its 10th 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.

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 22, 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.  The week began with a ropes course intended to get the participants acquainted and working as a team.

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

Bradley Barnes, Landrum, S.C.
Veronika Belous, Chesnee, S.C.
Aften Blackwell, Moore, S.C.
Harman Blanton, LaGrange, GA.
Carrie Boyce, Spartanburg, S.C.
Boomer Buff, Inman, S.C.
Hanna Chapman, Spartanburg, S.C.
Keely Coyle, Gaffney, S.C.
Chaz Dachenhaus, Leesville, S.C.
Anna Davis, Belton, S.C.
Devon Donnahoo, Chesnee, S.C.
Shunda Earle, Jonesville, S.C.
Erin Frazer, Simpsonville, S.C.
Caroline Haney, Buffalo, S.C.
Rebekah Hogg, LaGrange, GA.
Amy Horton, Chesnee, S.C.
Duncan Hunt, LaGrange, GA.
Moranda Hunter, Woodruff, S.C.
Olivia Jamison, Boiling Springs, S.C.
Michael Johnson, Greenville, S.C.
Curtis Kendrick, Simpsonville, S.C.
Scotty Lester, LaGrange, GA.
Casey Lewis, Pelzer, S.C.
Paige Lu, Inman, S.C.
Nicole Martin, Jonesville, S.C.
Mikita McFadden, Rock Hill, S.C.
Michele Menard, LaGrange, GA.
Jamie Neff, Boiling Springs, S.C.
Brittany Pack, Moore, S.C.
Anh Phan, Taylors, S.C.
Sheriah Phelps, Lawndale, N.C.
Allison Poole, Spartanburg, S.C.
Harrison Pressley, Spartanburg, S.C.
Danielle Regoni, Campbello, S.C.
Lauren Rogers, Moore, S.C.
Justin Rowland, Anderson, S.C.
Christine Sawda, Duncan, S.C.
Megan Sease, Spartanburg, S.C.
Emily Anne Smith, LaGrange , GA.
Alex Stafford, Greenville, S.C.
Linh Trinh, Moore, S.C.
Kelli Tucker, Rock Hill, S.C.
Josh Turner, Woodruff, S.C.
Darryl Walker, LaGrange, GA.
Lamar Watkins, Forest City, N.C.
Demario Watts, Clinton, S.C.
Jared Wilcox, Greenville, S.C.
Christopher Williams, Chester, S.C.