Wayne County High School Senior Sierra Hagerman was recognized at the Board of Education monthly meeting. During spring vacation, she experienced the trip of a lifetime to Washington D.C. where she was named a Horatio Alger Association Scholar. This national
scholarship seeks students who have exhibited determination, integrity, and perseverance in overcoming adversity, as well as having a critical financial need.
Horatio Alger, Jr. was an author in the 19th and early 20th centuries whose books inspired readers to work hard and persevere through adversity. Alger’s books recount how a “can-do spirit” and individual initiative can allow anyone to achieve their dreams, regardless of circumstances.
Sierra mirrors this philosophy and is a perfect fit for this honor. It is with great pride that Wayne County Schools would like to
congratulate Sierra on obtaining this $25,000 college scholarship, which is making it possible for her to attend Murray State University where
she plans to major in accounting. She has a 4.0 GPA and has served as a student district webmaster this school year. She is a hard worker, detail-
oriented with her schoolwork, and has many fans on the Wayne County School campus. As a sophomore, she was nominated to the Horizon’s Fellow program at Berea College.
Sierra prepared a presentation with highlights from her recent trip. She is thankful to the school staffers who have supported her
through this process and several of those who have helped her along the way like GEAR-UP Specialist Dean Sumpter and ATC Finance Instructor Dana Hurd.
(L-R) Sierra Hagerman showing off her memorabilia from the trip with one of her favorite supporters WC Area Technology Center teacher Dana Hurd
(Above and below) Sierra shows off her trip to the board members in a PowerPoint she created
(L-R) Sierra Hagerman receives a certificate by Board Chairperson Donna Blevins
School Board Attorney Gordon Germain shares a video of famous alumni from Murray State University
Sierra standing with two influential people in her life
(L-R) GEAR UP Specialist Dean Sumpter, Sierra Hagerman, WC Area Technology Center teacher Dana Hurd
Click here to view Sierra's PowerPoint presentation about her trip