Wayne County High School Freshman Wes Cares was amongst thirty students from Southern and Eastern Kentucky that graduated from the fourth class of The Center for Rural Development’s 2019 Rogers Explorers program held June 19-21 on the campus of the University of the Cumberlands.
Rogers Explorers is open to eighth-grade middle school students within The Center’s 45-county primary service area who have a strong interest in developing their skills in leadership, team building, community service, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fields of study.
“From creating cupcakes with just chemicals to learning how to survive on Mars, every teen should apply for this program,” said 2019 Rogers Explorers graduate Kaleb Triplett. “Rogers Explorers has set me on a path for a brighter future.”
The Center selected a total of 211 students from throughout the region to attend this year’s Rogers Explorers program. Participants spend three days and two nights on a leading Kentucky college campus where experts guide them through hands-on assignments to help build their leadership skills and explore different career pathways.
“For most of these students, this is the first time they will experience life on a college campus setting and to seriously begin thinking about different career choices before they enter their freshman year in high school,” said Lonnie Lawson, President and CEO of The Center. “We want to give students the knowledge and tools they need to discover their career pathways and to plan for the future. Congratulations to all of our Rogers Explorers graduates.”
The following students graduated from the Rogers Explorers program at the University of the Cumberlands: Casey County Middle School—Jax Price; Clay County Middle School—Jacob Massey; Corbin Middle School—Kenton Lowe; East Carter Middle School—Sydney Bush; Garrard County Middle School—Kylee Tudor; Harlan Independent School—Campbell Nunez; Herald Whitaker Middle School—Maggie Howard; Jackson County Middle School—Mia Rader; James D. Adams Middle School—Chloe Reynolds and Reece Hamilton; Knox County Middle School—Lauren McDonald; Lincoln County Middle School—Colton Ralston; McCreary County Middle School—Cayden Rowe; Meece Middle School—Kate Bruner and Clark Denney; Metcalfe County Middle School—Camryn Reece and Laura Linkous; Monroe County Middle School—Joe Braxton Baker and Trace Gearlds; North Laurel Middle School—Matthew Sanders; Northern Middle School—Brady Cain and Brysen Dugger; Owsley County High School—Helen Bardin; Paintsville Middle School—Kaleb Triplett; Pikeville High School—Cloe Olegario; Rockcastle County Middle School—Silas Durham; Science Hill Independent—Ellen Cherry; South Floyd Elementary School—Jada Johnson;Russell County Middle School—Bryanna Smith; and Wayne County Middle School—Wes Cares.
The Rogers Explorers program is presented by The Center in partnership with the University of the Cumberlands, Asbury University, Lindsey Wilson College, Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State University, the University of Pikeville, and Union College. The program is provided tuition-free to applicants who meet the eligibility requirements.
For more information about Rogers Explorers, call 606-677-6000 or email Allison Cross at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit centeryouthprograms.com to learn more about the program.
Thirty students from Southern and Eastern Kentucky graduated from The Center for Rural Development’s Rogers Explorers program held June 19-21 on the campus of the University of the Cumberlands. This was the fourth of seven Rogers Explorers camps planned this summer on a leading Kentucky college or university.