30 Rising Ninth-Graders Learn about Math, Science at LWC
Posted on Saturday, June 09, 2012 [9:23 AM]
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Brooke Hachey is glad she
listened to her mom.
Hachey's mother, Judy, suggested that the recent Russell County
Middle School graduate apply to be a Rogers Explorer. Hachey was
accepted into the program, and was exposed to a week of math and
science that opened her to a new world of possibilities and
"I've learned a lot of new stuff," said Hachey, of Jamestown, Ky.
"This was a lot more fun than school -- we've kept going and moved
to different things. It's been real interesting."
Hachey was one of 30 Rogers Explorers who spent three days of the
the weeklong program at Lindsey Wilson College. The tuition-free
program, which is sponsored by the Center for Rural Development of Somerset, helps
rising ninth-grade students interested in science, math, and
technology start the journey toward careers in those career
A total of 120 rising ninth-graders were selected from the
center's 42-county service area to study at Lindsey Wilson, Eastern
Kentucky University, Morehead State University and the University
of the Cumberlands (Ky.).
"One of the great things about this program is that it gives
students a head start on math and science before they begin high
school," said Delaney Stephens, Center for Rural Development
community liaison and youth programs coordinator. "This also
creates an early interest both subjects, and we need to increase
the demand for math and science in this region."
During their three days at Lindsey Wilson College, the 30 Rogers
Explorers attended classes in communication, genetics and
mathematics taught by LWC faculty. They also had a session on
leadership taught by LWC Dean of Students Chris Schmidt, and
participated in videoconference with NASA in the LWC CenterNet room
in the Katie Murrell Library.
"It's been a lot of fun. I like how it is a hands-on experience,"
said Julianna Singleton of Mount Vernon, Ky., who will be a
freshman this fall at Rockcastle County High School. "Being on a
college campus and interacting with professors has also been fun.
We've learned a lot."
Fellow Rockcastle County resident Alex Spragens of Brodhead, Ky.,
said being a Rogers Explorer should give him a boost when he
applies to colleges in less than four years.
"I really enjoy math and science," he said. "And I knew this
program would look really good on a college application."
The Rogers Explorers who studied at Lindsey Wilson College were:
Mason Allen of Tompkinsville, Monroe County Middle School; Makayela
Banks, Somerset, Northern Middle School; Rayann Boston of Edmonton,
Metcalfe County Middle School; Korri Briggs, Campbellsville, Taylor
County Middle School; Sara Clark, Berea, Rockcastle County Middle
School; Hayden Crain, Center, Metcalfe County Middle School; Paige
Dabney, Campbellsville, Campbellsville Middle School; Molly Dalton,
Monticello, Wayne County Middle School; Sarah Dick, Burnside,
Southern Middle School; Kathryn Doss, Campbellsville,
Campbellsville Middle School; Addie Eastham, Greensburg, Oteview
School; Gage Edmunds, Edmonton, Metcalfe County Middle School;
Brilyn Grant, Edmonton, Metcalfe County Middle School; Philip
Golden, Somerset, Somerset Christian School; Brooke Hachey,
Jamestown, Russell County Middle School; Sierra Hall,
Campbellsville, Pleasant Valley School; Lance Hall, Nancy, Southern
Middle School; Laura Hancock, Eubank, Northern Middle School; John
Clark Ingram, Greensburg, Green County Middle School; Kylie Jones,
Monticello, Wayne County Middle School; Carrie McClellan, Albany,
Clinton County Middle School; Audrey Moore, Somerset, Somerset
Christian School; Kenzie Murrell, Campbellsville, Campbellsville
Middle School; Andrew Roach, Edmonton, Metcalfe County Middle
School; Reagan Roberts, Monticello, Wayne County Middle School;
Julianna Singleton, Mount Vernon, Singleton Homeschools; Alex
Spragens, Brodhead, Rockcastle Middle School; Zachary Wesley,
Somerset, Southern Middle School.
More ... Click here to see pictures from the Rogers
Explorers' experiences at LWC.