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Academic Magnet High School Senior Representing South Carolina in DC for Boys Nation
7/22/2015 12:53:05 PM

William David Pugh
Academic Magnet High School senior, William David Pugh, was chosen to be one of two students representing South Carolina at Boys Nation, July 17-24, 2015 in Washington, D.C.

Boys Nation is an annual program sponsored by the American Legion that includes civic training, leadership development and a focus on Americanism. During his visit to the nation’s capital, Pugh will learn about how the Senate and the federal government work hands-on. He will tour the national monuments, visit Capitol Hill for meetings with South Carolina Senators, and compete in a mock Senate exercise that will present the opportunity to write, introduce, and debate a piece of legislation as a Senator.

“A picture may be worth a thousand words, but seeing and experiencing something for yourself is priceless,” said Gerrita Postlewait, Superintendent for the Charleston County School District. “This is a wonderful opportunity for William and I’m proud that Charleston is being represented at Boys Nation by such an incredible student.”

Pugh previously served as the Mayor of his city and Superintendent of Education for his county at Palmetto Boys State this summer, which had more than 1,000 student delegates from across the state. Pugh will be joined by Max Parsons of J.L. Mann High School in representing South Carolina in Washington, D.C.

“I am really pleased that William is representing South Carolina and CCSD at Boys Nation,” said Judith Peterson, principal at Academic Magnet High School.

He is an exceptional young man, and I know this experience will strengthen him as a student and global citizen.”

At AMHS, Pugh co-founded and is currently President of a state-wide organization entitled S.A.M.E. (Students Advocating for Multicultural Education). Pugh also serves as President of the Black Student Union; Vice President of A Different Perspective, Captain of his Varsity Tennis team, and is the speaker selection chairperson within Student Council.

Pugh hopes to attend Johns Hopkins University and become a biomedical engineer or oncology physician.

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