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Rogers Scholars spend week at Lindsey Wilson College
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. They also get to hear from education and leadership experts, and they develop interpersonal skills at an etiquette dinner and ballroom dancing instructions.
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By Mariah Stearns
Lindsey Wilson College News Writer
COLUMBIA, KY - Thirty-two rising high school juniors from 24 Eastern and Southeastern Kentucky counties 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 19 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. They also get to hear from education and leadership experts, and they develop interpersonal skills at an etiquette dinner and ballroom dancing instructions.
"A highlight of the week has been the etiquette training dinner that President Bill Luckey hosted in his home," said Delaney Stephens, who serves as the community liaison and youth programs coordinator for The Center for Rural Development and runs the Rogers Scholars Program. "This experience is something the Rogers Scholars will remember for a lifetime."
Dean of Students, Chris Schmidt was especially impressed with the talent and drive of the Scholars.
"I see intelligent, energetic young leaders that want to learn and grow. It is clear they want to make an impact," said Schmidt, "I am encouraged that these young people will lead our communities and continue to make a difference. For me as an educator they are a point of great joy and keep me motivated."
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."
A new career pathway was introduced this year for the Scholars
"A new component to the career pathways/majors that students are in is the involvement of LWC's sustainability department," said Stephens, "For the first time ever, students are getting to work with Sustainability & Energy Applications Program Advisor & Instructor, Doug Keaton, in the Energy Solutions Major." These students have spent time learning and working on projects related to energy solutions that are directly relatable to Kentucky and the region.
The Rogers Scholars who participated in the June 26-July 1, 2016, session were: Jill Adams of Lawrence County; Aleah Archer of Jessamine County; Katie Bowling of Breathitt County; Katie Braswell of Perry County; Trey Chestnut of Knox County; Zane Crouch of Menifee County; Meleah Coffey of Russell County; Drew Cox of Morgan County; Nathaniel Cox of Pulaski County; Riley Crawford of Pulaski County; Breanna Epperson of Harlan County; Dylan Gentry of Green County; Kaelyn Green of Magoffin County; Justus Goble of Martin County;
Also: Cassidy Goetz of Lincoln County; Breanna Haynes of Harlan county; Shawna Holbrook of Floyd County; Spencer Lett of Boyd County; Vada Miller of Perry County; Marryn Mobelini of Perry County; Grace Morris of Clay County; Lydia O'Nan of Boyd County; Savannah Perkins of Wolfe County; Brooke Saurer of Letcher County; Daniel Short of Johnson County; Alex Stanley of Pike County; Hannah Stephens of Whitley County; Seth Turner of Morgan County; Dillyn Twisdale of Garrard County; Alli Wade of Jackson County; Laken Walker of Perry County; Starla Wilson of Rowan County.
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