2024 Student Writing Contest Winners

Congratulations to the following 2024 Student Writing Contest Winners:

  • Madison Wright, Junior – Williston-Elko High School (CSRA) (Essay)
  • Tristan Moeller, Senior – Beaufort High School (Lowcountry) (Essay)
  • Karma Robinson, Junior – Spring Valley High School (Midlands) (Essay)
  • Chandler Brandon, Junior – J. Paul Truluck Magnet School (Pee Dee) (Essay)
  • Morgan Henderson, Senior – Mauldin High School (Upstate) (Essay)


Mary McLeod Bethune’s legacy of educational entrepreneurship and literacy has made a lasting impact on individuals across the Palmetto State and beyond, including South Carolina’s very own State Superintendent of Education Ellen Weaver. The little girl from Mayesville once stated, “The whole world opened to me when I learned to read.” In your words, write about an African American person from South Carolina who has positively impacted your educational journey.