School News August 2016


Jessica Cox graduates from The Center for Rural Development’s 2016 Class of Rogers Scholars

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McCreary Central High School student Jessica Cox graduated this summer from The Center for Rural Development’s 2016 Rogers Scholars program.

Rogers Scholars is an intensive one-week summer leadership program that provides valuable leadership skills and exclusive college scholarship opportunities for high school students in Southern and Eastern Kentucky to seize their full potential as the region’s next generation of business and entrepreneurial leaders.

“Being a Rogers Scholar has made me realize how far I could go and what incredible things I can do in my life,” said Cox, a junior at McCreary Central High School. “It’s showed me that even a small-town girl from McCreary County could essentially change the world, if I choose to do so.”

Sixty-four high school students from 45 Kentucky counties graduated this summer from the 2016 Class of Rogers Scholars. The program was held on the campus of Lindsey Wilson College in South Central Kentucky in Adair County.

“We had yet another outstanding class of Rogers Scholars to participate in the program this summer,” said Delaney Stephens, youth programs coordinator and community liaison for The Center. “I’m excited to see what happens over the next few years for these young people as they pursue other opportunities to seize their future.

“What’s so encouraging to see with these Rogers Scholars is that they come together for six days, from 45 counties, and form friendships that will last a lifetime,” he said. “I was amazed at the level of focus each of them has for wanting to return to their hometowns and make a positive impact for their community.”

Cox is the daughter of Sherri and Russell Cox of Whitley City.

Since 1998, 1,120 high school students have graduated from Rogers Scholars, and potential scholarships valued at more than $7.2 million have been offered to graduates from 17 participating colleges and universities.

For more information about the Rogers Scholars program, call youth programs coordinator Delaney Stephens at 606-677-6000, email

McCreary Central High School student receives scholarship

Lexington – Kentucky Blood Center is happy to provide a $500 Power of Life Scholarship to Bailey Watters, of Stearns, a graduating senior from McCreary Central High School. Bailey Watters plans to attend Somerset Community College in the fall.

Since 2010, Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) has awarded more than 500 scholarships to Kentucky high schools that host blood drives. The school earns the award based on the number of donations at blood drives hosted by the school.

This school year 100 high schools hosted nearly 300 blood drives and more than $70,000 in scholarships have been awarded to the schools to present to worthy students for their continued education.

“KBC realizes the important role high school blood donors play in the healthcare of their communities. At high school drives this past school year, students donated more than 8,000 life-saving blood components, and their generosity positively impacted the local blood supply,” said Bill Reed, KBC President and CEO. “We appreciate what they do for their communities, and we feel strongly that we should thank them for their efforts.”

Power of Life scholarships are awarded each school year based on the units of blood donated at blood drives that each high school or vocational school sponsors. Schools can receive up to a one-time scholarship worth up to $3,000. The schools determine the scholarship recipients, and KBC pays the scholarship directly to the establishment of higher education.

"Pack the Backpack" Challenge

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CrossFit Ignis Gym in Somerset donated 65 backpacks to Pine Knot Primary School this past weekend as part of their “Pack the Backpack” challenge. Owner Kelli Johnson presented the packs to PKP Principal Stuart Shepherd and Assistant Principal Anita Coffey Saturday. Last year the gym donated 50 packs to the school, and hopes to break 100 next year.

Backpack donation

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The First Baptist Church of South Lebanon donated more than 100 backpacks full of school supplies and clothes to local schools this past weekend, but not before handing out some supplies to guests at the Whitley City Fire Department.