A ray of optimism, Sierra Rubin pursues variety of interests

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By Becca Owsley

At first glance, people might assume Sierra Rubin faces hardships and challenges. But Rubin only sees positivity and opportunity.


People automatically assume since she’s a little person that she faces many challenges at school.

They ask Rubin, a Central Hardin High School junior, about that a lot. But, she said, she adapts easily and is not afraid to ask if she needs help with anything. The school staff has been great with providing her with anything she needs.

“I’m not a person who lets things get to me,” she said.

Friends at school often are afraid to ask about her dwarfism, she said, but she’s fine with the questions and tells them to shoot the questions at her. She thinks they are scared that she’ll get upset.

“I’m cool with it,” she said.

And some people have asked her  some dumb questions.

“Sometimes they don’t think it out in their heads before they ask,” she said.

But she’s even OK with answering the dumb questions.

“I’m pretty laid back and go with the flow,” she said.

Rubin moved to Rineyville two years ago from Tennessee. Before that she lived in sunny Florida.

“Of all the places I’ve been, honestly I like it here best,” she said.

She enjoys seeing all the different seasons instead of one she experienced in Florida.

“Each day the sunrise is different,” she said.

Rubin enjoys school and takes every opportunity to try new things.

Last year she was secretary of Future Business Leaders of America and she participated in the drama club.

She helped with the lights and costumes for the spring musical production of “Godspell.” Her job was to research the time period and the look from the original Broadway show and then help approve items that participants brought in for the production.

Drama teacher Sarah Dakin said when Rubin transferred to Central Hardin she “arrived ready to get involved” and “willing to pitch in and learn something new.”

“When she came out for tech crew for ‘Godspell’ she had a wealth of knowledge about musicals but she had never tried running lights,” Dakin said. “She didn’t balk at the challenge, though, and proved a solid member of the team.”

Rubin’s not completely sure what she wants to do in the future but always has wanted to be an actress.

“I have this fantasy, you could say, that I’m going to be discovered,” she said. “It hasn’t happened yet but I’m still looking forward to it.”

In the past she’s played clarinet, danced and participated in performing and visual arts.

“I’m an artsy person,” she said.

Her favorite subjects in school always have been art related including English. Math and science are a different story.

“I don’t care for them and they’ve never cared for me,” she said.

She’s currently involved in FFA because she wants to open her own flower shop some day. She’s taking floral design and greenhouse classes.

Her mom Vicki said she’s doing the right thing by exploring a variety of interests so she’ll know what path she wants to choose one day.

“I think it’s great she has the courage to try all these new things,” she said.

Vicki said reality television shows like “Little People, Big World” have made seeing a little person today less unusual.

“People are still awed by it and they are curious, and it is fascinating,” she said. “Having the show answered a lot of questions and it isn’t as much as a shock.”

Vicki is very happy her daughter has such a positive attitude and thinks it can take her further in life. Since her first day of school, her mom has summed her up one way.

“You can’t describe her, you have to experience her,” she said.

Rubin said she wants to be known as a nice person who shares happiness because that’s the best thing you can do for anyone.

“If I were to leave my mark on the world, I’d like being nice to be my thing,” she said. “I smile a lot, people call me smiley girl.”

Becca Owsley can be reached at 270- 505-1741 or bowsley@thenewsenterprise.com.

Getting to know Sierra Rubin:

  • Favorite television: “Glee” and “Friends”
  • Music: She likes country right now but likes to explore and never knows what she’ll like. 
  • Books: A book has to spark her interest but she started reading the “Divergent” series and it is pretty interesting so far.
  • Movies: She likes older films and those starring Audrey Hepburn and Barbara Streisand are her favorites. She’s working on a collection of Streisand films now. Her favorite movies from these two actresses are “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “Hello Dolly.” 
  • Family: Two older sisters. One has moved back to Florida and the other lives in Hardin County. 
  • Pets: She has a miniature Dachshund named Bear. He has one blue eye, one brown eye and a big overbite.