Campbellsville High School sophomore Myles Murrell has been chosen to represent Taylor County at the Rogers Scholars program this summer.
Murrell will attend a week-long program that focuses on developing business leaders.
This is the fourth year in a row that a student from CHS has been chosen to represent Taylor County at Rogers Scholars.
Samuel Kessler, who is a junior finishing his high school studies at Gatton Academy, attended last year.
Blair Lamb, a senior at CHS, attended two years ago.
And Murrell’s sister, MaKenzie, and Paige Dabney, who both graduated in May 2016, attended the summer before their junior year of high school.
Rogers Scholars is the Center for Rural Development’s flagship youth program. It provides leadership and college scholarship opportunities to help upcoming high school juniors in southern and eastern Kentucky develop skills they need to seize their potential as the region’s next generation of business and entrepreneurial leaders.
During the program, Rogers Scholars work to build their leadership skills, participate in team-building exercises, receive hands-on instructional training from experts in engineering, health care and video production and interact with nationally recognized business leaders and entrepreneurs. The program focuses on developing skills in leadership, technology, entrepreneurship and community service.
Murrell said he looking forward to attending the program and learning about leadership.
High school students apply to attend Rogers Scholars during their sophomore year, and will attend the program the summer before their junior year of high school. They attend for free.
Murrell will attend the program the week of July 9 at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia.
The Rogers Scholars application process is lengthy and includes an in-depth essay.
Murrell wrote about doing away with the mountaintop removal method of coal mining, and developing a manufacturing facility in Eastern Kentucky that would be dedicated to producing electric cars with solar components. Creating the facility, according to Murrell, would provide employment in a region with an unemployment rate that is double the national average.
The application also focuses on extracurricular activities and community service.
About 500 students applied, and fewer than 100 were chosen to attend.
Murrell attended the Rogers Explorers program when he was an eighth-grader, and said he enjoyed that experience. He said he expects Rogers Scholars to be a bigger and better version of Rogers Explorers.
Kessler is the son of Richard and Garnetta Murrell. Mrs. Murrell is a fourth-grade teacher at Campbellsville Middle School.