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Shelmar Collier, a sixth-grader, was selected to represent William J. Clark Middle School and the state of South Carolina at the 2014 Junior National Young Leaders Conference held July 26-31, in Washington, D.C. Shelmar was nominated by his teacher, Marguerite Bryant, for his outstanding academics and leadership skills. The program provides a historical view of leadership and encourages young scholars to develop their own leadership skills and strategies for success in the 21st-century.

The Junior National Young Leaders Conference enables students to recognize their own leadership abilities in the context of great men and women from the past and present,” said Marguerite Regan, Ph.D., the dean of academic affairs for JrNYLC. “They return home with new confidence in their ability to make a positive impact in their school and communities. Washington, D.C., serves as the perfect backdrop for this inspiring program to generate a new generation of U.S. leaders.”

During the six-day conference, Shelmar participated in educational activities and presentations aimed at examining U.S. leaders and historical figures. Upon completion of JrNYLC, Shelmar said he has gained a greater sense of the role of individuals in American democracy, as well as the responsibilities of being a better leader.

Shelmar is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Markell (Akila) Brunson and the grandson of Ms. Patricia Brown.

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