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Six Johnson County students graduated from Center for Rural Development youth programs this summer, according to a statement from the center.

Braydon Staniford, a student at Johnson Central High School, graduated from the 25th annual Rogers Scholars Young Leadership Program, the statement said, and is the son of Ronnie and Michelle Staniford and Adam and Kimberly O’Bryan. , of Paintsville.

Rogers Scholars, the Center’s flagship youth program, was created through the vision of U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers, the statement said, with the goal that “no young person should have to leave their homes to find his future. The camp, according to the statement, focuses on developing leadership skills, team building, entrepreneurship, civic engagement, community service and students participate in different career tracks.

The Center hosted two Rogers Scholars camps at Morehead State University in Morehead and Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, according to the release, and 68 students graduated from the program.

As graduates of the program, students gain potential access to exclusive scholarships at some of the state’s top-ranked colleges and universities, the statement said. In order to complete their eligibility, students must organize their own community service project in their hometown, according to the statement.

“Each summer, we are impressed and inspired by the students graduating from the program,” said Lonnie Lawson, President and CEO of the Center for Rural Development. “They are focused on their future and passionate about the communities in which they live. It is the students who, in the future, will lead our communities, our schools, our businesses and our government. They give us hope for a better southern and eastern Kentucky.

Rogers Scholars, as well as the center’s other youth programs, enjoy free tuition, the statement said, and accommodation and food are provided free of charge to participants. The application period for the Rogers Scholars Program 2023 will run from October 1 to January 31.

The statement said four Johnson County Middle School students graduated from the Rogers Explorers program: Connor Watts, Brady Ferguson, Adara Campbell and Suzy Kretzer.

Watts is the son of Kevin and Rachael Watts, of Auxier; Ferguson is the son of Tim and Nikki Ferguson, of Flat Gap, according to the release, and Campbell is the daughter of Heather and Jonathan Campbell, of Prestonsburg.

Rogers Explorers is open to eighth graders in southern and eastern Kentucky who want to develop their skills in leadership, teamwork, community service, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), according to the statement.

Explorers, the statement said, is a three-day, two-night program on six different college campuses: Lindsey Wilson College, Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State University, Asbury University, University of the Cumberlands and Union College.

The application period for the 2023 Rogers Explorers Program will run from November 1 to February 28.

Trent Cox, a student at Johnson Central High School, and son of Misty Goble and Chris Cox, of Paintsville, is a graduate of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute, according to the statement.

The Center for Rural Development partnered with the Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation and Eastern Kentucky University to develop the program, the statement said. During the camp, ELI’s business teams participated in the Business Concept Challenge, according to the release, and members of the winning team, of which Cox was a member, were awarded scholarships from EKU.

ELI, a week-long summer leadership camp for student entrepreneurs, provides high school students in southern and eastern Kentucky with an in-depth look at what it takes to start their own business – from developing a ideas to building a prototype model of their business concept, the statement said.

The Center for Rural Development partnered with the Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation and Eastern Kentucky University to develop the program. During the camp, ELI’s sales teams took part in the Business Concept Challenge. Members of the winning team received a scholarship from EKU.

The application period for ELI 2023 will be from January 1, 2023 to March 31, 2023.

Established in 1996 through the vision of U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers, (KY-05), and other leaders, the Center for Rural Development is a nonprofit organization fueled by a mission to provide a leadership that drives innovative and sustainable economic development solutions and a better way of life in southern and eastern Kentucky, according to the release. In its 45-county primary service region, the center offers innovative programs in leadership, public safety, technology, arts and culture, the statement said. The center is committed to constantly expanding its capabilities, according to the release, to provide a range of key services throughout Kentucky and the country.

For more information about the Center’s youth programs, contact Amy Ellis at Center [email protected] or call 606-677-6000. To apply for one of the Center’s youth programs, visit centeryouthprograms.com.

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