Grant Bagwell, of Monroe, Participates in South Carolina Student Legislature

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GREENVILLE, SC (10/26/2022)– The Bob Jones University delegation to the South Carolina Student Legislature (SCSL) was named Best Medium Delegation during the fall session Wednesday, Oct. 19, through Friday, Oct. 21, in Columbia, South Carolina. Grant Bagwell, a resident of Monroe, was a member of the BJU delegation.

The BJU delegation to the South Carolina Student Legislature was named Best Medium Delegation. Contributed photo

Preparation for SCSL helps students from South Carolina universities and colleges 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.

The BJU delegation was chaired by senior Jonathan Du Fault of El Cajon, California and was comprised of senior Grant Bagwell of Monroe, Georgia; sophomore Abigail Bergmann of Greer, South Carolina; sophomore Camden Gearhart of Greenville; junior Audrey Huffman of Acworth, Georgia; junior Paul Kamibayashiyama of Greenville; junior Johnny Pierre of Fort Washington, Maryland; junior Sarah Whiteley of Camas, Washington; and senior Hart Zakaria of Burke, Virginia.

During the session, BJU students held the following positions:

Grant Bagwell – Secretary of State 

Hart Zakaria – House Speaker Pro Tempore 

BJU students received the following awards:

Abigail Bergmann – Best Oral Argument 

Jonathan Du Fault – Chad M. Beatty Award (outstanding non-officer senior)

“I am very proud of the delegation as a whole,” said Jonathan DuFault. “Everyone on the team worked hard on their bills and did a fantastic job presenting them to both the House of Representatives and Senate.”

Several South Carolina colleges and universities participated including BJU, Coastal Carolina University, Charleston Southern University, Clemson University, Erskine College, Presbyterian College, and the University of South Carolina.

Notable past members of the SCSL include current South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster.

Located in Greenville, South Carolina, Bob Jones University provides an outstanding regionally accredited Christian liberal arts education purposely designed to inspire a lifelong pursuit of learning, loving and leading.

BJU offers over 100 undergraduate and graduate programs in religion, education, fine arts and communication, arts and science, health professions, and business.

BJU has over 3,000 students from nearly every state and more than 40 countries. We are committed to the truth of Scripture and to pursuing excellence in all we do.

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