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McKenzie grad completes Governor’s Youth Leadership Forum

Alexandria Rodgers, a recent graduate of McKenzie School, met Gov. Robert Bentley during the 2015 Alabama Governor’s Youth Leadership Forum. (Submitted Photo)

Alexandria Rodgers, a recent graduate of McKenzie School, met Gov. Robert Bentley during the 2015 Alabama Governor’s Youth Leadership Forum. (Submitted Photo)

Alexandria Rodgers, a recent graduate of McKenzie School, was one of 34 delegates to complete the 2015 Alabama Governor’s Youth Leadership Forum at Troy University.

Started in 1999, the Alabama Governor’s Youth Leadership Forum is an innovative, intensive, five-day career leadership training program for high school juniors and seniors with disabilities throughout Alabama. Program activities focus on career planning, leadership development, technology resources and information on disability history to assist young people with disabilities in reaching their maximum potential.

“(The Youth Leadership Forum) is an experience I will never forget,” said Rodgers. “I have gained so much knowledge and confidence in myself and my ability to achieve. I hope I can inspire others with disabilities to not limit themselves, but to drive to achieve.”

Rodgers has Attention-Deficit Disorder, along with a learning disability, and is also insulin resistant.

She graduated from McKenzie School with Beta Club honors, as well as career tech endorsements. She was awarded the Elizabeth D. Leckie Scholarship.

The Leckie Scholarship is given annually to deserving Butler County students in hopes they will see the advantage of returning to Butler County to live and work after they complete their education.  The scholarship was established in memory of Elizabeth D. Leckie, a former resident of Greenville and a teacher at W.O. Parmer for many years.

Rodgers plans to pursue a degree in zoology or veterinary medicine. She is currently employed at Evergreen Veterinary Clinic. She will attend LBW Community College beginning in the fall.

She is the daughter of Amanda Rodgers Jones and Chuck Jones of McKenzie and Chris and Dollie Meeks of Niceville, Fla. She is the granddaughter of Linda Rodgers and the late Pete Rodgers of McKenzie and Dale and Peggy Rogers and the late Rebecca Meeks Foxhall of Greenville.