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Mason Salyers named 2010 Rogers Explorer

The Center for Rural Development has named Mason Salyers of Letcher County as 2010 Rogers Explorer, also making him part of a record number of participants this summer thanks to the addition of a new summer session on a third Kentucky college campus.

The Center has invited 90 students from southern and eastern Kentucky to become Rogers Explorers and spend three days and two nights on campus at either the University of the Cumberlands, Lindsey Wilson College, or the newest location at Eastern Kentucky University.

This represents the largest number of participants to take part in Rogers Explorers since the program was launched by the Center in partnership with the University of the Cumberlands in 2006.

“We have expanded Rogers Explorers program this summer to give 30 more students in The Center’s 42-county primary service area an opportunity to explore their math and science skills and develop their potential as the region’s future leaders,” Jessica Melton, associate director of education and training for the Center, said.

“This program is so important because it encourages students to begin thinking about their future careers and postsecondary education.”

The students—all rising ninth-graders—will develop critical leadership skills, receive hands-on experience in science and math, and prepare to become the region’s next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs.

As Rogers Explorers, participants will attend the program at one of the following sessions: June 6-8, Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia; June 9-11, University of the Cumberlands, Williamsburg; and July 21-23, at the newest host site on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond.

Students apply for Rogers Explorers while they are in the eighth grade and are selected through a competitive selection process. The program is open to students interested in developing skills in leadership, technology, math, science, entrepreneurship, and community service.

Rogers Explorers is coordinated and supervised by the Center, a non-profit organization based in Somerset, in partnership with Lindsey Wilson College, University of the Cumberlands, and Eastern Kentucky University.

All lodging, meals, and program expenses (with the exception of transportation to and from the host sites) are provided free of charge.

Salyers, who represents Fleming-Neon Elementary School, is the son of Kimberly Wright of Neon.

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