Coastal Carolina University’s student delegation collected three awards at the fall session of the South Carolina Student Legislature (SCSL), held Oct. 30 through Nov. 2 in Columbia.
Brandon Reilly, a senior political science major from Greenville, R.I., received the Carlisle Award for the second year in a row. The Carlisle Award is presented to the delegate or officer who best represents the ideals of the South Carolina Student Legislature.
In a first, CCU junior Josh Kochan of Myrtle Beach brought home the Best Legislation Award, which recognizes legislation that employs thorough research, topicality and excellent use of language.
Kochan also teamed with junior Bryant Lewis of Sumter to collect the Best Written Brief for the Supreme Court Moot Court trophy. Kochan and Lewis, both political science majors, were recognized for their exceptional legal writing skills.
Ian Detwiler, of Greene, N.Y., a junior intelligence and security studies major from New York, was elected Speaker Pro Tempore of the House for the next year.
Other CCU student delegation members were recognized as well. Freshman political science majors Ashley Bennet of Spartanburg and Julietta Marks of Summerville were nominated for Best Freshman. Marks also had a bill nominated for Best Legislation. Junior political science major Dylan Fender of Greenwood was nominated for Best Representative.
The SCSL is a student-run mock legislature sponsored by the S.C. General Assembly. Colleges and universities in South Carolina send delegations to two annual sessions to debate bills and further their knowledge of parliamentary procedures and state government.