2021 Rogers Scholar and Magoffin County High School student Ashton Long encouraged elementary students to pursue their interests in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) for her community service project.

In conjunction with the University of Kentucky’s 4-H Chapter, she organized and hosted a virtual STEM camp. Standing beside one of the STEM exhibits are Mckenna Howard and Emily Lykins.

The success of the project resulted in the development of a 4-H Science Club and a new mentoring program with Big Sandy Community & Technical College.

“Growing up, I was always the kid who loved science but never had an outlet, so I had to find avenues to combat this plight. Finding these avenues was difficult, and I did not want other kids to have difficulty in finding STEM activities they wanted to try. I created the program for students interested in growing their love for STEM.”

Graduates of The Center for Rural Development’s Rogers Scholars program are required to complete a community service project. For more information about Rogers Scholars, visit www.centeryouthprograms.com.