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