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  • March Student Editor: April Winebarger

    April Winebarger is this month's student editor.

    April is a 17-year-old senior at Elizabethtown High School. She is involved with her school's academic team, SADD club, Beta Club, Tae Kwon Do and Y-Club.

    She enjoys reading and volunteers at school and church.

    April joined Rising Voices "because it rocks," and hopes to learn more about writing and the journalism experience.

    April plans to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.

  • Point/Counterpoint Facebook is the Worst

    By Autumn Sandlin

    With 110 million users in the United States alone, Facebook is one of the biggest social networking sites out there right now. Teens have found solace in the site with their status updates, pictures and easy access with friends.

    Something about Facebook really just rubs me the wrong way, though. Having deleted my profile back in October, I can’t convince myself to go back.

  • Central Hardin's Wiersema ready for the next level

    By Janelle Williams

    Unlike most seniors at Central Hardin High School, Noah Wiersema might not be dancing in a rented tux and singing off key to the latest hit song at prom this April.

    Instead, he might spend that evening sprinting in muddy cleats on a soccer field at a tournament in Michigan.

    “I’ve been playing soccer for pretty much forever.” said Wiersema, captain of the Bruins’ boys varsity soccer team. Quitting has never been an option, he said.

  • Teens and their friends

    By Kerry Skiff

    When teenagers hang out, the atmosphere can seem noisy and chaotic and one might wonder what the teens see in their friends besides a good time.

    Teenagers often appear to choose their friends based on appearances, but upon a closer look, it's clear that beneath the loud exterior lies a relationship filled with good things.

  • The Blurb

    Rising Voices' take on all things entertainment

  • Baking up business

    For Jennifer Pinto and Mariana Arce, 15-year-old freshmen at Elizabethtown High School, baking is a hobby they hope will lead to a business venture.

    Both have baked individually, helping their parents and making treats for their classmates. They have been baking together for about a year while preparing for their business, Cakes Galore.

    While they are perfecting their craft, they make cakes for their friends. They brainstorm ideas and Mariana, who likes art, will sketch the ideas.

    They love the television show “Cake Boss.”

  • Operation Preparation links students to community partners


    Unbridled Learning is one of the important slogans we are hearing in Kentucky after the passage of Senate Bill 1 in 2009. The adage is attached to the charge our lawmakers gave us to ensure all our students are ready to enter college or a career field when they graduate.

  • Alice Zagar loves cooking for others

    Alice Zagar is a 12-year-old who loves to cook. Her classmates at St. James Middle School appreciate her interest in cooking.

    “I like to cook because I think it’s fun to make stuff and see if my friends like it or not,” Alice said.

    She’s been cooking for about a year and likes to make spaghetti for her family. She’ll spice up the sauce a bit by adding onions and other things.

    Her pumpkin praline cookies she brought for an academic team bake sale were the first to sell out.

  • Friends sing praises for local 'American Idol' contestant

    By Janelle Williams

    Don’t let her polite Southern drawl and short stature fool you; 16-year-old Kenzi Lewis is an electrifying alto who can blast you out of your chair in just a few notes.

    The Larue County High School junior’s voice stunned the judges of “American Idol," earning her tickets to Hollywood in the 2011 and 2012 seasons.