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Coastal hosts first Jackson Summer Ethics Academy

July 8, 2005

Sixteen Horry County sixth-graders have been chosen to participate in the first Summer Ethics Academy for Jackson Family Junior Scholars. The three-day camp is scheduled for July 12-15 at Coastal Carolina University and is sponsored by Coastal's Jackson Family Center for Ethics and Values. The camp seeks to foster students' moral development and a sense of moral responsibility.

Camp activities will involve the students in discussions, activities and games addressing ethical dilemmas, character traits and moral principles. There will be recreational activities, and the students will make a presentation on the essential features of moral decision-making and moral responsibility.

The following rising sixth-grade students have been accepted as Jackson Junior Scholars:

- Jason Blain of Conway Elementary

- Brittney Botto of Homewood Elementary

- Melissa Brown of Conway Elementary

- Jacob Carter of South Conway Elementary

- Rodney Davis of Pee Dee Elementary

- Derrica Dewitt of Homewood Elementary

- Torrance Evans of Homewood Elementary - Brandon Frazier of South Conway Elementary - Kale Harrelson of Pee Dee Elementary - Mary-Carson Helms of Conway Elementary - Dewon Huggins of South Conway Elementary - LaToya Johnson of Homewood Elementary - Hunter Lowes of Kingston Elementary - Jordan McCray of Pee Dee Elementary - Leslie Plowman-Render of Kingston Elementary - Michelle Webb of Conway Elementary The students were chosen by their teachers and principals based on the following criteria: advancement to the sixth grade; well-developed social and communication skills; the potential to serve as a role model to their peers; and an interest in attending the summer academy.

The camp will be co-instructed by the Jackson Scholars, Coastal students who were chosen last semester to participate in the university's new ethical leadership program. The Jackson Scholars are as follows:

- Erica Bolin, a freshman education major from Clover

- Katherine Carlier, a freshman philosophy major from Portsmouth, N.H.

- Caroline Smith, a sophomore English major from Stafford, Va.

- Charles Smith, a freshman psychology and sociology major from Darlington

- Anne Tyson, a sophomore philosophy major from Rockingham, N.C.

Each Jackson Scholar is accepted into the program based on a written application and personal interviews with the program staff and Jackson Center Board of Directors. The Jackson scholars attend two years of ethical leadership studies, complete an ethics-based internship, assist during the Summer Ethics Academy and prepare an annual report for the Jackson Family.

Ren'e Smith, assistant professor of philosophy at Coastal, will coordinate and direct the Summer Ethics Academy.

The Jackson Family Center for Ethics and Values was founded by Nelson and Mary Emily Platt Jackson and exists to cultivate and promote the importance of personal and professional integrity. Each year, the center sponsors scholarships and visiting scholars and holds public discussion forums on ethical issues. For more information, contact Smith at 349-2083 or or the Jackson Family Center for Ethics and Values at 349-4149 or The center's Web page can be found at