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Rogers Scholars Exposed to a World of Ideas

Posted on Friday, June 27, 2014 [3:10 PM]

COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Rachel Bertram was hard-pressed to identify a favorite speaker at this week's Rogers Scholars program, held at Lindsey Wilson College. That's because she said all of the speakers were so good.

The Wayne County High School student said the people she met at the weeklong academic camp opened her mind to a world of possibilities.

"I enjoyed all of the different speakers and listening to what they had to say," said Bertram, who will be a junior this fall at Wayne County High School. "You also get to talk to a lot of professors, college vice presidents and presidents that you normally wouldn't get to talk to in other situations."

Bertram was one of 30 rising high school junior from 26 Eastern and Southeastern Kentucky who spent a week at Lindsey Wilson as Rogers Scholars. Sponsored by the Somerset-based Center for Rural Development, the weeklong program gives students a glimpse into college life and opens their eyes to several career possibilities. A second class of rising juniors will be on campus in mid-July.

For 17 years, the intensive weeklong program focuses on leadership skills by giving students hands-on instructional training from professional experts in energy technology, healthcare and video production. The als get to hear from education and leadership experts, and they develop interpersonal skills at an etiquette  dinner and ballroom dancing instructions.

"I really liked meeting the people from Special Olympics," said Savannah Muse of Pulaski County. "It's something I'd been looking into, so I'll probably get involved when I get back home."

Muse said the program also helped her clarify the major she would like to pursue in college.

"I'm really interested in something with pharmacy, and this program helped narrow that down for me," she said.

Delaney Stephens of the Center for Rural Development said the week would not be possible without strong support from the program's partners.

"We have some really great partnerships with organizations in the area, and that has benefitted this program a great deal," said Stephens, who community liaison and youth programs coordinator for The Center for Rural Development who runs the Rogers Scholars Program. "The youth programs couldn't happen without our great community partners."

Kirkland Fletcher of Johnson County said he found inspiration in LWC Dean of Students Chris Schmidt, who talked to the Rogers Scholars about leadership. Like Schmidt, Fletcher has competed in a triathlon. And, like Schmidt, he hopes to compete one day in the Iron Man competition.

"Mr. Schmidt was really inspirational because of what he's done," Fletcher said. "He and and I have experienced the same thing with the triathlon, and his story about what it takes to become an Iron Man is very inspiring."

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The Roster
The Rogers Scholars who participated in the June 23-27 session were: Page Anderson of Monroe County; Amanda Mae Arts, Pike County; Kyle Back, Pulaski County; James Clay Ballinger, Rockcastle County; Ashley Bergman, Knott County; Rachel Bertram, Wayne County; Kenadi Buckley, Pulaski County; Elijah Butler, Laurel County; Caleb Combs, Jackson County; Matthew Dixon, Knox County; Addie Eastham, Green County; Gage Edmunds, Metcalfe County; Sarah Estep, Pulaski County; Kirkland Fletcher, Johnson County; Evan Hensley, Clay County; Grant Kiser, Lawrence County; Madison Lett, Boyd County; Porsche Maness of Menifee Bath County; Lauren McCoart, Johnson County; Davis McCracken, Wayne County; Mary Mansfield, Estill County; Shawna Morrow, Garrard County; MaKenzie Murrell, Taylor County; Savannah Muse, Pulaski County; Lyndsey Pennington, McCreary County; Marissia Roark, Russell County; Mahala Walker, Perry County; Taylor Wayman, Menifee County; Lauren Wethington, Casey County; Katie Williams, Clinton County.

Watch Rogers Scholars' June Production of 'RaiderCast'


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