Summer learning at August Board meeting

While most students look forward to a summer away from the classroom, several student groups from the Knox County Public Schools took their learning to a new level as they traveled the state to discover and connect in opportunities of a lifetime.

The Knox County Board of Education celebrated the educational achievement of the district’s participants as Rogers Explorers, Rogers Scholars, and Governor’s Scholars during their August 25th meeting.


Leanna Osborne, Toni McCombs, Dane Imel, and Corey Bright were among rising ninth (9th) grade students selected to participate in the Rogers Explorers program.  The Rogers Explorers program is an intensive three-day, two-night program hosted by a Kentucky college or university that focuses on cultivating skills in leadership, technology, math, science, and community service.  The program is coordinated by The Center for Rural Development in Somerset.  Hannah Daniels and Grace Evans also represented Knox as Rogers Explorers but were unable to attend the August meeting.

15_8_rogerscholarAddison Osborne, a junior at Knox Central High, was selected to participate in the Rogers Scholars program through The Center for Rural Development.  This flagship program offered by The Center provides  opportunities to help upcoming high school juniors in Southern and Eastern Kentucky develop the skills they need to seize their potential as the region’s next generation of business and entrepreneurial leaders.  The week-long program focuses on developing skills in leadership, technology, entrepreneurship, and community service.

As a result in her participation in the Rogers Scholars program, Osborne will be eligible for a variety of scholarships from seventeen (17) colleges and universities across the Commonwealth.  Both the Scholars and Explorers program are named in recognition of eastern Kentucky Congressman Hal Rogers.  Students selected for both programs were from the forty five (45) counties in Southern and Eastern Kentucky that are served by The Center.

15_8_gspClay Sprinkles, Enrica Jackson, and Jaykob Hubbard from Knox Central and Shelby Green from Lynn Camp were among students from Knox County and across the state selected to participate in the prestigious Governor’s Scholars Program.

The Governor’s Scholars Program is a summer residential program for outstanding high school students in Kentucky who are rising seniors.  For five weeks students live on a college campus and work closely with fellow Scholars in classes, seminars, and co-curricular activities.  Scholars select a focus area, much like a college major, for their experience and are taught by leading experts in the field of study.  Upon graduation from high school the Scholars will be eligible for top scholars from many of Kentucky’s colleges and universities.

Also participating in the Governor’s Scholars program but unable to attend the Board meeting were Brayden Imel from Knox Central and Rhea Carter from Lynn Camp.