UWG names Rogers its 2022 Academic Recognition Day Scholar | Georgian times

Sarah Grace Rogers, a 2018 graduate and former STAR student at Heard County High School in Franklin, has been named the 2022 University of Western Georgia Academic Recognition Day Scholar.

Rogers, an Ephesus native, was honored through the University System of Georgia program that recognizes students who reside in Georgia and maintain a 4.0 grade point average. When the 2021 grad from West Georgia, learned that she had been named the 2022 UWG recipient, she was “surprised and proud.”

“I’ve always been a diligent and focused student, but I never expected to receive a gold star for that,” Rogers said. “As one of my teachers once said, getting good grades should be a side effect of learning. What is important is how much you grow.

Academic Recognition Day began over 30 years ago as a celebration of academic achievement for Georgian students. Recipients receive a resolution from the Georgia House of Representatives, as well as a congratulatory letter from the USG Acting Chancellor.

Rogers graduated from UWG in December 2021 with a degree in anthropology and was an active member of the university’s color guard. Since graduating, she has worked with a high school color guard on her winter season choreography and continues her work at UWG in the Antonio J. Waring Jr. Archaeological Laboratory.

During his undergraduate years, Rogers participated in many exciting and even completed a study abroad program in Giecz, Polandwhere she and 10 students mapped, uncovered and exhumed 14 graves to uncover artifacts from a medieval cemetery.

As a graduate, Rogers continued her research at the Waring Lab by examining the thermal shock resistance and thermal conductivity of various tempered clay disks to compare and contrast the performance of different tempered and untempered pottery.

“We’re looking at how different temperaments — that is, granite, sand, and sponge spicules — affect the performance qualities of clay pottery,” Rogers explained. “It will shed light on the conscious decisions early humans made in building ships that they used for daily tasks and even ceremonies and rituals.”

Rogers said her favorite thing about anthropology is that it teaches you to be understanding of others.

“I learned that we are all human, but we are all so wonderfully unique,” she observed. “This diversity is vital for the functioning of the world but also for solving modern human problems.”

Rogers plans to attend graduate school to get his master’s degree in public history and wants to work in museum curation and exhibition management in the future.

“Working at Waring Lab helped me realize what direction I wanted to take with my career,” Rogers concluded. “The best part is that no matter where I end up, I know that I will always be learning about people and working on history while trying to teach others who are just as curious about people, about culture and of themselves.”

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