Representative Nikki Haley (R-Lexington) and Mrs. Kelly Payne (Dutch Fork High School)

This week I had the chance to visit with Dutch Fork High School students to talk a little about current events and SC politics. Taught by Mrs. Kelly Payne, this group of students certainly stays informed about what’s going on in the Palmetto State!

I’ve known Mrs. Kelly Payne for the past few years and she is certainly someone who is making a difference in our community – particularly the youth of our community.

Born and raised in New York/New Jersey, she graduated from USC with degrees in political science/history and a master’s in education/social studies/economics. She is definitely putting that experience to work and has been teaching Social Studies-World History for 9th and 10th grade and Current Issues 9-12th grade at Dutch Fork High School for the past five years.

If that schedule doesn’t keep her busy enough, she still finds time to be a member of the Lake Murray/Irmo Rotary Club (she’s a Paul Harris Fellow), be the Rotary Club Interact Advisor , AND Alive@25 District 5 Coordinator.

Last year her students were active in watching “Alive@25” legislation work its way through the Senate chamber. This year, I hope to help them see their bill become state law.

Most politicos will tell you “if you’re running for public office in the Midlands, you must go to the Chapin Labor Day parade.” What they’ll soon be saying though is “you must visit Kelly Payne and her Dutch Fork High School classes too!”

Students and Mrs. Payne – thanks for letting me talk, listen, and learn during our visit.Will , I appreciate the advice and thank you for sharing it with us yesterday!