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12 Lives: How key leaders are changing our state

As South Carolina steps into the 21st century, the state is changing in ways big and small. The State newspaper wants to let you know who's guiding that change.

Throughout the year, we'll profile 12 people who are changing the state.

They could be leaders in the arts or the business worlds. They might be sports standouts who are making a difference off the field as well. A conservationist who is working to protect South Carolina's natural beauty. Or a medical professional who is guarding the health of South Carolinians in a new way.

What are they doing that's unique?

What has shaped them?

How are they shaping others?

What do they think are the greatest challenges they see to the state's future?