Diane Skipper Lewis of Aynor was named the 2014 Rural Lady of the Year at a luncheon Friday, Feb. 28 at Horry Electric Cooperative. The wife of Ralph Lewis, she is the 36th recipient of the honor, formally named the Miss Leo G. Knauff Leadership Award, which recognizes “a lady whose efforts have made a significant difference in the farming community of Horry County.”
The guest speaker at the Rural Lady luncheon was Brooke Mosteller, Miss South Carolina 2013. Mosteller is a Mount Pleasant native and a University of South Carolina law student.
Her platform is helping high school students apply and go to college, especially students with no one in their family who has ever been to a university. Her efforts have led to the adoption of College Application Day around the state. “A college graduate earns about $1.2 million over a lifetime than a high school graduate,” Mosteller tells students at participating schools.
Mosteller also supports a statewide texting-while-driving ban. “Texting while driving has become the leading cause of teen death, surpassing drinking and driving,” Mosteller noted. Miss SC also entertained the Rural Lady crowd with an a cappella rendition of “Amazing Grace.”