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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

ACADEMICS: Scholars Juniors Testify at Senate Subcommittee

On April 27th, junior class members of the Scholars Academy for Business and Law testified at the South Carolina Senate Subcommittee hearing for bill s. 1141 on teen dating violence. The bill was originally introduced several years ago and has had difficulty getting a subcommittee hearing. Through the efforts our these Scholars Academy students, it finally happened on April 27th. Subcommittee members Brad Hutto, Katrina Shealy, Tom Young, Karl Allen and Greg Hembree were so engaged with the students that they actually ran over on their allotted time, and the five bi-partisan members each agreed to add their names as a co-sponsor and pledged to get it to a senate vote before the end of the session clearing the way for it to be fast-tracked to the House of Representatives in January.  We were also joined by Senators Vincent Sheheen and Thomas McElveen, the original sponsors of the bill, who sat in support of our students, discussed their hopes for future movement on the bill, and told the students that their testimony had reinvigorated their personal resolve to do what is best for the state of South Carolina. Congratulations to Scholars students Lynnise Brown, Madeline Hahn, Micayla Hayden, Megan Jennings, Chris Kane, Tierra King, Mainaiya Myers and Jesni Sam. Here are some links to media coverage of these students advocacy efforts.