Two local residents have been elected to lead the student body at the University of South Carolina,
Chase Mizzell, a junior from Folly Beach, is student body president. He is majorig in international business and finance with a minor in Spanish.
Summerville sophomore Ryan Bailey has been named vice president of USC’s student body. He is studying political science, emphasizing public administration and American government, and minoring in music.
Mizzell and Bailey both were in student council at Fort Dorchester High School. Fort Dorchester science teacher James Barton said this is the first time in his six years advising the student council that his former students have reached such positions.
“They were very motivated and driven to do a good job. They did a good job engaging other folks,” Barton said. “I’m really proud of them.”
Here is a look at the two student leaders:
Parents: Jennifer and Steven Metts
Siblings: Mckenna Mizzell and Devin Metts
High School: Fort Dorchester
Involvement: University Ambassadors, EMPOWER Diversity Peer Leader, Dance Marathon, Omicron Delta Kappa Honors Society
Accomplishments as vice president last term: A University Neighborhood Association so that we can be more active citizens in our community. I continued work with the student body president to move forward an initiative to have free student legal services available on campus.
Duties as president: Preside over a cabinet of 27 student leaders; serve on the University Board of Trustees and guide the development of university policies that concern the student body.
Goals as president: Make visible meaningful changes for the campus and students, improve student government so that it will have a perennial place at the forefront of students’ and administrators’ minds and continue strengthening my personal relationships with the student body to a depth and breadth never achieved before.
Favorite things about Carolina: The historic Horseshoe. The light breeze and falling leaves of fall leave lasting memories of friendly conversations and picnics alike; the countless conversations with campus employees and students throughout the day and night that have contributed to my personal growth and development. Each member of our Gamecock family challenges me to be a better person and to make an impact on those around me. I would be remiss if I left out Gamecock athletics because nothing exemplifies the zeal and passion our community has for Carolina like a Saturday evening in fall in Williams-Brice (Stadium).
What do you miss the most about the Lowcountry: It may be too easy to focus on the simple joys of Charleston, but it’s my family, the beach and good ol’ Charleston cheese grits that I miss most.
What motivates you: Relentlessly pursuing my passion to get to know and impact everyone I meet.
Role model: My grandfather, Andaddy, who passed a couple of years ago, has always been an incredible role model of love and integrity.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years: I may travel abroad for a bit after school, attend graduate school or continue being an entrepreneur, but I’m sure that I’ll continue what I’m doing now: getting to know every person I meet and striving to make a difference in their lives.
Parents: Rob Bailey, Jennifer Bailey and stepmother Tracie (Massenburg) Bailey
Siblings: Ryan and Haley Massenburg
High School: Fort Dorchester
Involvement: Page in the S.C. Senate for Sen. Sean Bennett
Major accomplishments: As (USC) Senate Safety and Transportation chair: A safety pathway between campus and Five Points, which is series of call boxes along the three walking paths most traveled between campus and Five Points; making parking easier for students on campus with a metering system that will allow students to pay with a credit card, debit card, cash and via text message; research on bike racks on campus and how to better utilize our space. We are in the process of bringing a mobile blue light application to campus that will allow our students to always have a direct connection to the USCPD and Columbia Police Department from their smartphone.
Duties as vice president: President of the (USC) Senate, adviser to a great group of leaders on campus, implementing personal initiatives with my staff and several Senate committees and presidential initiatives.
Goals as vice president: I want to continue to work on student safety projects and see the Safety Pathway come all the way to fruition. I also want to continue to work with the parking services department to see pay-by-phone options for parking come to campus. I am looking forward to working with the Faculty Senate on creating an evaluation bank so that students can see exactly what they are getting into when signing up for classes; it will essentially be a rate my professor for USC students by USC students.
Favorite things about Carolina: I love the football games; there is nothing better than seeing your team dominate game after game. It is just such a good feeling being on campus; everybody here really feels like a family.
What do you miss most about the Lowcountry: I miss the beach and my family more than anything else in the world. All of my family, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins are all back in Charleston. I go home every chance I can to see them, and it is still never enough time.
What motivates you: I really just like helping people. If I can make a difference in only one student’s life while I’m at Carolina, then I’d consider that a successful college career.
Role model: My dad. We do everything together. He is truly my best friend. I can’t even imagine what my life would be like without him. We spend so much time talking about life and what it takes to accomplish goals. He really is the best person I know.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years: I would like to either be a JAG for the Marines or a piano teacher. I’m really not sure what the future holds. No matter what I decide to do, I want to have an impact on the people around me and I want to change things for the better. I’d like to live in Charleston. It’s the best place in the world. Honestly, if I can wake up in the morning, have a cup of coffee on my front porch, and be excited about what I’m doing the rest of the day, I would be 100-percent satisfied.