LETTER FROM THE EDITOR: May 2018

South Carolina Originals

By Margaret Clay

This past year, we at CMM were very excited to unveil the Capital Young Professional Awards, honoring men and women 35 and younger who are excelling in their careers, community leadership, and philanthropy. We received many impressive nominations again this year, and it was a truly difficult process to determine the top 20, who were then reviewed by the CMM team along with a committee from United Way of the Midlands.

After a weeks-long process, we selected the Top Ten Finalists, whom we celebrated with a party at Senate’s End on April 24. I hope you were able to come! We were proud to honor Anthony Broughton, Elliott Daniels, Mary Cothonneau Eldridge, Hamilton Grant, Trevor Knox, Tripp Rush, Lauren Truslow, Ashlye Wilkerson, Lyndey Zwing, and most especially our 2018 CYP winner — Lindsay Joyner.

These inspiring individuals are shaping the future of Columbia through their unique skill sets and passions that benefit our community. Elliott, for example, is making great strides toward ending sex trafficking in our state, while Anthony is changing the courses of countless lives through making education cool for young children. We are privileged to know these emerging leaders who serve as beacons of positive change that would behoove us all to emulate. Read more about our CYP finalists and their impressive accomplishments and goals on page 52.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into WWI, the birth of Fort Jackson, as well as Armistice Day. Read Tom Smith’s insightful reflections on South Carolina’s role in “the war to end all wars” on page 30.

Perhaps my favorite experience to come from putting this issue together was encountering Marsh Tackies — South Carolina’s official state heritage horse. These incredibly versatile and steady little equines were Francis Marion’s choice for evading the British in the tricky terrain of the swamps, and they are making a resurgence in popularity as trail riding companions thanks to the efforts of many to repopulate the breed. Read more about them and other native South Carolina pets on page 116.

Lastly, visually prepare for long summer days on the water by taking a look at Robert Clark’s beautiful photo essay, “Down at the Dock,” featuring marinas and docks across South Carolina on page 60. However, you don’t have to journey far from home to reap the benefits of the great outdoors. Warren Hughes shares the boons of taking a stroll through nature and basking in the earth’s elements in her article about the new trend of “forest bathing” on page 46.

I hope you enjoy this issue!

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