Childhood friends in Bamberg are proud of Haley’s rise

FILE - In this June 18, 2015, file photo, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley addresses a full church during a prayer vigil held at Morris Brown AME Church for the victims of the shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. Haley said the shooter who gunned down nine people inside a historic black church in Charleston should be put to death. (Grace Beahm/The Post And Courier via AP, Pool, File)

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) – The people who grew up with South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said they are going to miss her when she moves to New York City to be the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, but they are proud to see how far she has come.

Haley grew up in Bamberg County and went to high school at Orangeburg Preparatory Schools.

Bamberg special education teacher Renee Jeffcoat told The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg that Haley never forgets where she grew up and will care for America just like she cared for South Carolina for six years as governor.

Bamberg County Councilman Trent Kinard also went to school with the governor and says she is a great example of how children from Bamberg County can grow up to do anything.

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