District One students broaden horizons during summer break
District One schools believes in providing many opportunities for our students to excel and grow as students,
as young people and as future leaders in our communities and the world. The academic year provides for development and growth in academics, arts and athletics; summer break also provides opportunities with various camps both in and out of District One. Many of our high school students attended camps during the summer break in an effort to improve their leadership skills.
Each high school sent representatives from the rising senior class to Palmetto Boys and Palmetto Girls State. Graham Brooks, Sam Robinson, Holly Rickett and Annie Doar represented Landrum High School. Palmetto Boys State was held at Anderson University and Presbyterian College hosted Palmetto Girls State. These camps are a week-long leadership camp that teaches the fundamentals of the processes of government elections and party platforms.
“Palmetto Boys State was the most awesome week of my life, thus far! I made great friends and learned so much. It was at times very physical and thought-provoking, but in a good team building way. I really enjoyed the patriotism exhibited by our leaders, camp counselors and most of all our guest speakers” said Brooks.
Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA) was held at Erskine College in June. Drew Copeland from Chapman High School, Julia Skellie and Morgan McLellan both from Landrum High School attended this week long camp. Attendance at RYLA offers the opportunity to build self-confidence, gain exposure to a variety of issues and people, meet active community leaders and learn valuable information and career skills. RYLA gives Rotarians the opportunity to mentor promising young leaders serving their own communities and beyond. “RYLA is an excellent opportunity not only for the attendees, but also for Rotary Leaders to mentor promising young people in our community who are interested in serving the people in their community and the world. We are very proud to have such wonderful representation from District One,” said Cathy McMillan, Inman Rotary Club.
The USC Upstate/BMW Manufacturing Academic Outreach Camp introduces students from across the upstate to exciting and real world applications of mathematics, statistics and physics during two weeks in the summer. Team building and leadership skills are also honed and improved.