Five Erskine College students attended this year’s fall session of the South Carolina Student Legislature Oct. 19-21. “It was a wonderful experience,” says sophomore Annaleah Gilreath of Aynor, S.C., a member of the Erskine delegation.
Traveling to Columbia, S.C., along with Gilreath were sophomore Katherine Andersen of Grayson, Ga.; senior Tome Filkov of Buffalo, N.Y.; senior Andrew Gaines of Honea Path, S.C.; and senior Derek Gill of Spring, Texas.
Three of the five delegates presented bills at the session. Andersen’s bill proposed capping the cost of degrees at public colleges and universities; Gill’s bill would require that those receiving unemployment benefits pass a drug test in order to collect them; and Gilreath’s bill would raise the minimum age for entering into a valid marriage.
Filkov served as president pro tempore throughout the session, and Gilreath was selected and presided as chief justice for the Moot SC Supreme Court case.
Pictured above, from left, are delegation members Derek Gill, Andrew Gaines, Katherine Andersen, Tome Filkov, and Annaleah Gilreath.