Nordin Receives NWTF 2016 National Scholarship

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Riley Nordin (center) was surprised with a $10,000 national scholarship by the NWTF’s Assistant Vice President for Hunting Heritage Scott Vance (right) and NWTF Winchester Museum Director P.J. Perea (left)

Nordin Receives NWTF 2016 National Scholarship

  EDGEFIELD, S.C. — On a recent visit to the National Wild Turkey Federation headquarters while chaperoning his local 4H group, Riley Nordin of Saluda, South Carolina, was surprised to learn he won the 2016 NWTF National Scholarship, sponsored by Mossy Oak.
  In front of the Saluda 4H group, NWTF headquarters staff and local media, Nordin received a check for $10,000, something he says will help fund his education when he enrolls at Clemson University this fall.
  “I am truly thankful. $10,000 is a lot of money, and it will be helpful, especially with the long-term education goals I have,” Nordin said.
  He plans to pursue a degree in genetics with a focus on plant sciences. “The sciences are something that I always have enjoyed,” Nordin said. “And as I have gotten older, I realized it is what I want to do for a living. It won’t really seem like work because I love it so much.”
  Nordin recently graduated near the top of his high school class despite a rigorous academic course load and a schedule packed with extracurricular activities. His impressive résumé includes:
  •Boy Scouts of America
  •National BETA Club
  •National FFA
  •Saluda County 4-H
  •Saluda County Garden Club volunteer
  •NWTF Youth Art Contest participant
  He received a scholarship through the local and state-level NWTF chapters, making him eligible for the national honor. To date, the NWTF has contributed more than $4.6 million in scholarships to students making up the next generation of hunters and conservationists.  “Individuals like Riley are the ones who will ensure that our wildlife is healthy and future hunting opportunities are secure for generations to come,” said George Thornton, NWTF CEO. “Students pursuing degrees and careers in wildlife and habitat conservation will always have the NWTF in their corner.”
  Visit for more information, or download the scholarship application.About The NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. InitiativeThe NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to give the NWTF more energy and purpose than ever. Through this national initiative, NWTF has committed to raising $1.2 billion to conserve or enhance more than 4 million acres of essential upland wildlife habitat, recruit at least 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting, shooting and outdoor enjoyment. Without hunters, there will be no wildlife or habitat. The NWTF is determined to Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.To learn more about the NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative, visit

Local Teen Headed to
National Competition

  Saluda County resident Laney Edwards was crowned National American Miss South Carolina Teen on June 26.
  Laney and her SC sister queens will travel to California this November to represent our state at the week-long National American Miss Pageant to be held in Anaheim. Delegates at the national pageant will vie for a $5000 cash scholarship and be judged in the following areas: Resume, Community Service, Interview, Onstage Personal Introduction, and of course, Formal Wear. It won’t be all work and no play, however. Laney and the other contestants will have photo shoots, spend a day at Disney Land, and tour the famous streets of Hollywood.
  They will enjoy a Thanksgiving banquet and walk the red carpet during the “NAMmy” Awards Show, where they will be recognized for participation in optional competitions. Laney is looking forward to representing Saluda County and the great state of South Carolina on the national stage.
  Laney is the 18-year-old daughter of Thomas and Aly Edwards of Batesburg and a 2016 Saluda High School honor graduate. She is a rising freshman at Clemson University, where she will major in Biology: Pre-Physical Therapy with the ultimate goal of becoming a pediatric physical therapist. You can keep up with Laney’s journey to NAM Nationals by liking her Facebook page (2016 National American Miss South Carolina Teen) and by following her on Instagram (@namscteen). If you would like to support Laney’s journey to Anaheim with a sponsorship, please send an E-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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