RCMS Students Graduate from 2013 Rogers Explorers Youth Leadership Program

­­­­­­­­­Rockcastle County Middle School students Thomas Burdette, Andrew Ponder, Mikaela Sadler, and Mahala Saylor developed their math, science, and technology skills this summer at The Center for Rural Development’s 2013 Rogers Explorers youth leadership program.

The students were among 120 rising high school freshmen from 38 Southern and Eastern Kentucky counties to attend and graduate from one of four summer sessions of the Rogers Explorers program.

Graduates of The Center for Rural Development’s 2013 Rogers Explorers youth leadership program, held on the campus of Morehead State University, are Zachary Highley and Mikayla Ray, Bath County; Nathan Collett, Bell County; Cameron Taylor, Boyd County; Josiah Henson, Breathitt County; Chase Willis and Ashley Wilson, Carter County; Kaley Miller, Clay County; Haley Harper, Elliott County; Tanah Chandler, Estill County; Logan Mullins, Floyd County; Addison Osborne, Knox County; Nicholas Kessinger and Blake Parsons, Lawrence County; Anna Christina Tudor, Lee County; Emily Callaham and Hannah Scott, Martin County; Sara Franklin, Menifee County; Bethany Allen, Morgan County; Hannah Whitaker, Perry County; Joshua Griffith, Pike County; Sharon Hammer and Austin Johnson, Pulaski County; Thomas Burdette, Andrew Ponder, Mikaela Sadler, and Mahala Saylor, Rockcastle County; and Harper Anderson, Emma Li Mathews, and Hannah Taylor of Rowan County.

Graduates of The Center for Rural Development’s 2013 Rogers Explorers youth leadership program, held on the campus of Morehead State University, are Zachary Highley and Mikayla Ray, Bath County; Nathan Collett, Bell County; Cameron Taylor, Boyd County; Josiah Henson, Breathitt County; Chase Willis and Ashley Wilson, Carter County; Kaley Miller, Clay County; Haley Harper, Elliott County; Tanah Chandler, Estill County; Logan Mullins, Floyd County; Addison Osborne, Knox County; Nicholas Kessinger and Blake Parsons, Lawrence County; Anna Christina Tudor, Lee County; Emily Callaham and Hannah Scott, Martin County; Sara Franklin, Menifee County; Bethany Allen, Morgan County; Hannah Whitaker, Perry County; Joshua Griffith, Pike County; Sharon Hammer and Austin Johnson, Pulaski County; Thomas Burdette, Andrew Ponder, Mikaela Sadler, and Mahala Saylor, Rockcastle County; and Harper Anderson, Emma Li Mathews, and Hannah Taylor of Rowan County.

Rogers Explorers, a three-day, two-night program held on a college campus, provides leadership and educational opportunities for middle school graduates to learn more about math, science, and technology. Graduates are encouraged to work toward building careers in these in-demand career fields.

“These students certainly have what it takes to become the future leaders of Southern and Eastern Kentucky,” said Delaney Stephens, community liaison and youth programs coordinator. “The Center congratulates all graduates of this year’s program. We also thank the four higher education institutions that partner with The Center to provide educational leadership opportunities to youth in our region.”

The Rogers Explorers program is presented by The Center in partnership with Lindsey Wilson College, University of the Cumberlands, Eastern Kentucky University, and Morehead State University.

Thomas is the son of Jeffrey T. and Twila Burdette of Mt. Vernon.  Andrew is the son of Marvin and Judy Ponder of Mt. Vernon. Mikaela is the daughter of Robert and Amy Sadler of Berea. Mahala is the daughter of Karen and John Saylor of Brodhead.

For more information about Rogers Explorers, contact Delaney Stephens at 606-677-6000 or email youth@centertech.com. Visit www.centeryouthprograms.com to learn more about youth programs at The Center.

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