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Emmalee Baker graduates Rogers Scholars leadership program

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By Sharon Dodson

Adair County's Emmalee Baker, daughter of Timothy and Dawn Baker of Columbia, KY, graduated from first class of The Center for Rural Development's2011 Rogers Scholars youth leadership program.

"Rogers Scholars instilled in me that one person can make a difference in the lives of others," Baker, 16, a student at Adair County High School, said, "and that one person is me."

The Rogers Scholars program provides leadership and scholarship opportunities for rising high school juniors from across Southern and Eastern Kentucky and encourages graduates to build their careers in the region.

The first summer session of Rogers Scholars was held June 26-July 1 on the grounds of The Center for Rural Development in Somerset, KY.

Lonnie Lawson, president and CEO of The Center, and Lauren Hayes, youth programs coordinator, presented certificates of recognition to the 36 graduates on the final day of the week-long program acknowledging their accomplishments during an awards ceremony and graduation program.

Students apply during their sophomore year and attend the Rogers Scholars program before the start of their junior year in high school.

The one-week summer program gives students a chance to grow their leadership and entrepreneurial skills, learn from professional business leaders, and explore their interests in one of Rogers Scholars' three majors: engineering, video production, and healthcare.

Graduates of the program also earn access to exclusive college scholarship offers from some of the state's top-ranked colleges and universities.Since 1998, approximately 770 high school students have graduated from Rogers Scholars, and potential scholarships valued at more than $7.2 million have been offered to graduates from 15 participating partner colleges and universities. The University of Kentucky and Western Kentucky University are the latest institutions to join that list. -Sharon Dodson

This story was posted on 2011-07-12 10:04:56
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Emmalee Baker is Rogers Scholars graduate

2011-07-12 - The Center, Somerset, KY - Photo photos by Sharon Dodson.
Emmalee Baker, left, a junior at Adair County High School, was presented a certificate of recognition acknowledging completion of the program. She graduated in the first class of 2011 Rogers Scholars held June 26, July 1, on the grounds of The Center in Somerset, KY. The presentation was made by Lauren Hayes, left in lower right corner, youth programs coordinator, and Lonnie Lawson, right in lower left corner president and CEO of The Center for Rural Development.

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