Camden Gearhart Named Best Overall Delegate at SC Student Legislature

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 8, 2024) – Several members of the Bob Jones University delegation to the South Carolina Student Legislature (SCSL) were recognized with individual awards during the spring session held April 3-5, 2024, in Columbia, S.C.

Preparation for SCSL helps students learn the intricacies of representative government and provides an opportunity for them to hone their skills by debating their peers on a host of issues.

Founded in 1956 by Dr. Doug Carlisle, the organization is run entirely by students. Former participants include current South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster.

This session, Bob Jones University, Charleston Southern University, Clemson University, Coastal Carolina University, Francis Marion University, Presbyterian College and the University of South Carolina fielded delegations.

The BJU delegation was chaired by junior Camden Gearhart of Greenville and comprised of junior Abigail Bergmann from Greer, South Carolina; senior Gretchen Bradley from Greenville; freshman Anna Grace Chisom from Bedford, Virginia; sophomore Hope Combest from Clarkston, Michigan; freshman Josiah Gearhart from Greenville; sophomore Dillon Harris from Lexington, South Carolina; junior Kate Huffstutler from Tallmadge, Ohio; sophomore Hudson Knight from Clayton, North Carolina; senior AnnaGrace Leszkowicz from Findlay, Ohio; and freshman Chandler Mabe from Rural Hall, South Carolina.

Former Representative Wendy Nanney (‘87) served as delegation sponsor.

During the session, several members of the delegation were honored by their peers with individual awards or distinctions. While no group awards are given in the spring session, Camden Gearhart was named best overall delegate. The best written brief was drafted by Chandler Mabe. Kate Huffstutler was recognized for delivering the best oral argument.

“I am enormously proud of our delegation’s work this session. Each of our bills passed, and our delegation even pulled off an advanced procedural move to prevent the passage of unfavorable legislation,” said Camden Gearheart, BJU delegation chair. “Our delegation members strove to represent God and the University well by conducting ourselves with excellence, professionalism and integrity.”