The 2015-16 Junior Leadership Kershaw County program honored 32 juniors and seniors during its annual graduation dinner held April 28 at the historic Robert Mills Courthouse in Camden. The celebration concluded the program’s 28th year.
Students representing Camden High, Lugoff-Elgin High, North Central High and the Camden Military Academy received plaques in recognition of completing the year-long program, which is a joint venture of the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, the Kershaw County School District and Camden Military Academy with beneficiary support by the Camden Kiwanis Club.
The graduates and their guests heard special remarks by keynote speaker state Rep. Beth Bernstein of Richland County.
Also addressing those in attendance were students representing each of the participating schools. They included Elizabeth Brown of Camden High School, Thomas Azrelyant of Camden Military Academy, Emma Russell of Lugoff-Elgin High School and Josh Smith of North Central High School.
Kershaw County schools superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan and Lt. Col. John Heflin of Camden Military Academy presented each graduate with a plaque and a class photo taken on the steps of the State House.
THOMAS AZRELYANT of Camden Military Academy (center) was named the Robert J. Sheheen Outstanding Junior Leadership Student for 2015. Azrelyant was presented with the honor at the graduation dinner by former Speaker of the House Bob Sheheen and Junior Leadership chair Laurie Parks.
Thomas Azrelyant Camden Military received the Robert J. Sheheen Outstanding Junior Leadership Student of the Year award, which honors the former Kershaw County state representative and Speaker of the House.
The award recognizes a Junior Leadership student who demonstrates exemplary leadership qualities during the program year. Sheheen was on hand to present the award.
The 2015-16 Junior Leadership year began last August when students attended a two-day retreat and participated in a ropes challenge and team-building course at the Gravatt Camp and Conference Center outside Aiken
The class community service project involved helping with the Kershaw County Special Olympics which was held April 8 on the campus of Camden Military Academy.
Other programs and activities during the year covered cultural diversity, dining etiquette, job interviewing skills, touring each of the high schools, and visiting the State House in Columbia to meet the local legislative delegation.
The 2015-16 Junior Leadership graduates include: Josiah Altieri, Gray Batten, Elizabeth Brown, Trace Guy, Abby McLaughlin, Delaney McLaughlin, Morgan Schoolfield, Shania Steele and Carlos Williams of Camden High School.
Thomas Azrelyant, Brent Buckley Jake Dean, Austin Martin, Alex Ranft and Jack Thurman of Camden Military Academy.
Braxton Byrd, Heath Byrd, Elliott Campbell, Chloe’ Horton, Sarah Placke, Emma Russell, Jasmine Sexton, Taylor Sinay, Rose Werdon and Thai Wood of Lugoff-Elgin High School
Sierra Barnes, Anne-Marie Branham, Cedric Cunningham, Abigail DuRant, De’ja Linton, Olivia Loynes and Josh Smith of North Central High School.
The 2016-17 class will be selected by their schools and announced in May.