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Four Letcher County students are selected for 2021 summer leadership programs

The Center for Rural Development has selected four Letcher County students to participate in its summer leadership programs.

Emily Halcomb, a sophomore at Letcher County Central High School, was selected to join high school students from across southern and eastern Kentucky this summer for the 24th annual Rogers Scholars youth leadership program. She is the daughter of Scott and Angela Halcomb of Whitesburg.

Rogers Scholars, The Center’s flagship youth program, was established by U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) that “no young person should have to leave home to find his or her future.”

The intensive one-week summer program provides leadership skills and college scholarship opportunities for high school students in 45 Kentucky counties.

Due to COVID, The Center held its programming virtually last year instead of in-person. The Center is prepared to host in-person programs this summer while taking every precaution possible.

Each graduate of the Rogers Scholars program earns potential access to scholarship opportunities from some of the state’s top-ranked colleges and universities. To be eligible, students have to complete a community service project in their hometown.

The 2021 Rogers Scholars program will take place June 6-11 on the campus of Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, and July 18-23 on the campus of Morehead State University. There is no tuition charge to attend the program and lodging and meals are provided at no cost to participants.

Three Letcher County students were selected to participate in the 16th annual Rogers Explorers program – Dawson Kincer and Lila Stines, both of Fleming- Neon Middle School, and Brooklynn Lucas, of Whitesburg Middle School.

Dawson is the son of Todd and Randi Kincer and Christy and Carl Slone of Whitesburg. Lila is the daughter of Caroline and Mickey Stines of McRoberts. Brooklynn is the daughter of Brian and Nikki Lucas of Whitesburg.

Rogers Explorers is open to eighth-grade students in southern and eastern Kentucky who have a strong interest in developing their skills in leadership, team building, community service, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields of study.

Rogers Explorers is a three-day and two-night program on a Kentucky college campus where experts will guide them through hands-on assignments. The program is provided at no cost to eligible students within The Center’s 45-county primary service area.

Rogers Explorers is presented by The Center for Rural Development in partnership with Lindsey Wilson College, Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State University, Asbury University, and Union College.

For more information about The Center’s youth programs, contact Allison Cross, community liaison and youth programs coordinator at The Center, at across@centertech.com or call 606-677-6019.

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