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Kallie Powell graduate from The Center for Rural Development’s 2019 Rogers Explorers program at Lindsey Wilson College

Kallie Powell

Wayne County High School Freshman Kallie Powell was among thirty students from Southern and Eastern Kentucky graduated from the third class of The Center for Rural Development’s 2019 Rogers Explorers program held June 16-18 on the campus of Lindsey Wilson College.

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. 

“These past few days have been an unforgettable experience,” said 2019 Rogers Explorers graduate Emily Mills. “I’ve had my eyes opened in many different topics. I’ve started an interest in anything medical because of this program. Thank you Explorers for allowing me to meet new friends and have an insight on what my future could look like.” 

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 Lindsey Wilson College: Bath County Middle School—Samuel Vincent; Belfry Middle School—Natalie Fite; Casey County Middle School—Ein Rousey; Clinton County Middle School—Sadie Moons; Cumberland County Middle School—Matthew Spears; Estill County Middle School—Luke Williams; Garrard County Middle School—Mason Reynolds; Green County Middle School—Ella Cate Bishop; Harrington Homeschool—Micah Harrington; Herald Whitaker Middle School—Ashton Long; Jackson City School—Tamitha Ortiz; Jenkins Middle High School—Jericha Ratliff; Johnson County Middle School—Ben Lafferty; Knox County Middle School—Emily Mills; Lincoln County Middle School—Chloe Ralston; McCreary County Middle School—Caroline Richmond; Meece Middle School—Jack Bruner, Julia Beasley, and Muneeb Ahmed; Metcalfe County Middle School—Colton Huffman and Kayla Jeffries; Monroe County Middle School—Josie Ford; Morgan County Middle School—Hannah Whitt; North Laurel Middle School—Raelyn Bradley; Northern Middle School—Baron White; Pineville Independent School—Gabriel Shipp; Red Bird Christian School—Emma Dickerson; Russell County Middle School—Lakyn Stearns; Science Hill Independent—Annie Jones; and Wayne County Middle School—Kallie Powell.

The Rogers Explorers program is presented by The Center in partnership with Lindsey Wilson College, Eastern Kentucky University, Asbury University, University of the Cumberlands, 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 Visit to learn more about the program.


Kallie Powell

Thirty students from Southern and Eastern Kentucky graduated from The Center for Rural Development’s Rogers Explorers program held June 16-18 on the campus of Lindsey Wilson College. This was the third of seven Rogers Explorers camps planned this summer on a leading Kentucky college or university.

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