Recognizing Extraordinary Examples of Leadership
Since 2001, HTC has confirmed a local connection to the community by hosting the HTC REEL Kids program to honor students who demonstrate leadership excellence while overcoming life challenges.
All schools in Horry County, primary through high school, are encouraged to participate by nominating an extraordinary student.
“When we receive the nominations from the schools and read about the hardships these young people have endured, we are humbled,” said Mike Hagg, HTC Chief Executive Officer. “These REEL Kids have fought through the loss of loved ones, physical disabilities, learning disabilities, disease, emotional problems, abuse, neglect, abandonment, and so much more.
“The most remarkable fact is that the REEL Kids have overcome what some would have seen as stumbling blocks.”
As part of becoming an HTC REEL Kid, each child along with his/her teacher, principal or guidance counselor is interviewed on camera for an HTC REEL Kids segment that airs weekly during the local talk show, RiverTalk on HTC Channel 4. Each child’s inspiring story of overcoming adversity is shared during the interview.
In addition to the broadcast interview, HTC hosts an Academy Awards style ceremony featuring a celebrity guest speaker, musical entertainment, video segments of the award recipients and a surprise announcement of extra-special awards and scholarships. Each REEL Kid receives recognition with a ceremonial Olympic-style award, a copy of their video interview, prizes and gifts. The event is also broadcast on HTC Channel 4 and available on HTC’s YouTube channel to watch at anytime.
HTC is proud to help share these inspirational stories with the community and honor these exemplary students.