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by | June 30, 2017 5:00 am

Last Updated: June 28, 2017 at 1:30 pm

Rising seniors attend Palmetto Girls and Boys State. 



Eighteen rising seniors from Colleton County High School and Colleton Prep Academy recently attended either Palmetto Girls State at Presbyterian College or Palmetto Boys State, hosted by Anderson University. The week-long experience is often called “a week that will change a lifetime.”

Thanks to sponsorship provided by American Legion Auxiliary Post 93, the outstanding student delegates made lifelong memories throughout the week-long event, while learning about government functions, creating an understanding of citizenship and sharpening their leadership skills.

Chosen by their respective schools, students were selected based on academics, leadership potential and participation within the school and community.

Throughout the week, delegates delve into state and local government by participating in governmental procedures and processes including mock political campaigns, holding elections, building mock cities, holding rallies and other areas of the political process. They also develop team-building skills while engaging in projects, which focus on learning about the importance of citizenship and building a sense of community.

According to Rachel Dandridge, CCHS delegate, the experience was unforgettable. “The best part of Palmetto Girls’ State was meeting and forming friendships with the girls in my city,” said Dandridge. “We bonded very quickly. I had too much fun getting to know them — even more as the week progressed.”

Colleton Prep delegate Joe Bryan called the week a great experience. “It really makes you realize that people from any background can bond,” he said. “It shows those who may feel no self-worth they are just as worthy as the next person. It also makes you aware that everyone is different — and that is all right. It builds wonderful relationships in a weird, murky way in just seven days.”

CCHS rising senior, Alicia Roberson, called Girls’ State a great experience. “It was a great experience that allowed me to learn more about our state government and the process of governmental procedures,” said Roberson. “It also allowed me the opportunity to meet new people and make lifelong friendships. The overall experience really gives you a wonderful sense of patriotism.”

Colleton County High School delegates included: Rachel Dandridge, Anni Crook, Cami Crook, Ashlyn Rawls, Alize’ Pryor, Olivia Phillips, Riley Phillips, Alicia Roberson, Colin Thomas, Campbell Pryor, Lucas Bell, Garrett Tyler, Keel Murdaugh and James Vernon Goodwin.

Delegates from Colleton Prep Academy were: Caroline Jones, Emily Martin, Reeves Schrimpf and Joseph Bryan.

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