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Two Students Selected As Bank Of America Student Leaders

Gavin and Shaw Bank of America

Two Horry County high schoolers are participating in Bank of America’s Student Leaders® (#BofAStudentLeaders) paid summer internship. Gavin Ockert and Shaw Ashley were selected earlier this year for the eight-week program providing local students with first-hand experience in serving their communities. As part of the program, the students will develop leadership and practical workforce skills by working with local nonprofits, including YMCA of Coastal Carolina, all while earning $17 per hour.  

The following Class of 2023 Horry County Bank of America Student Leaders were selected for their leadership, background, passion, and commitment to community:

  • Gavin Ockert, a graduate of Carolina Forest High School and HCS Scholars Academy, plans to attend Duke University in the fall to study physics and pursue a career in astrobiology. Gavin was student class president, contributed to research that was published in the Journal of the South Carolina Academy of Science, and placed first in the United States in the 2022 International Astronomy and Astrophysics Competition. Gavin also fundraises for his favorite charity, which supports employment for people with autism.
  • Shaw Ashley, a rising senior at North Myrtle Beach High School, sought leadership roles at his high school in both academic and athletic programs. Shaw served as the Student Assistant to the Athletic Director, a Student Council member, and president of the Social Studies National Honor Society. He has volunteered with several local philanthropies, and he ambitiously started a youth summer camp based on the CBS show, Survivor. Shaw serves as the camp director, facilitating an exciting summer program for local youth.

In mid-July, Gavin and Shaw traveled to Washington, D.C., with other Student Leaders from across the nation for a week-long, all-expenses-paid, national leadership summit focused on the power of cross-sector collaboration and community advocacy. At the summit, Student Leaders discussed the importance of civic engagement and met with members of Congress.