• Teen Court provides real-world look at the court system

    By Janelle Williams

    While the defendant buried his head in his hands, defense attorney, Diante Elcock, fought valiantly to defend him in a recent court case.

    Elcock is only 17 years old.

    “I want to help to give defendants a second chance in society,” he said. “I want to give them a second chance at life.”

  • RV Student Editor: November Alexis Piscatello

    Alexis Piscatello is this month's student editor.

    Alexis is a 17-year-old senior who is home schooled. She is involved in choir, dance and Junior Optimists Octagon International. She also enjoys singing, creative writing, playing the piano and needlecraft.

    As a volunteer, Alexis plays the piano for church services at Helmwood Healthcare. Her future career interests include journalism, vocal performance and accompanist.

    She joined Rising Voices because she loves to write and wanted to gain experience and a better understanding of journalism.

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  • Say something with socks


    It might seem unimportant, or even childish, but we all feel great when we wear our favorite pair of socks. Why are the socks you wear so important? The reality of the matter is, happy feet make for a happy person.

    A favorite among teen girls are novelty socks, which come in many colors, designs and styles.

    “Anything with animal prints or any crazy designs,” said Elizabethtown High School senior Susan Shaw.

    Other favorites include ankle socks and knee highs.

  • Snow outside and fun indoors

    Staying in on a snow day means kids need something to do.

    Boredom always begets grumbling so planning ahead can be helpful.

    For younger children, arts and craft projects might be a good way to go.

    Linda Johnson worked at the Hardin County Public Library for 20 years. Throughout those years, she planned many story hours centered on books and themes, some of those snow and winter themed.

    Her ideas often started with a book and then branched out to activities based on that book’s theme.

  • Cookies for a cause


    The Bluegrass Junior Optimist Octagonal Club is baking cookies. Lots and lots of cookies. For JOOI’s major annual fundraiser, the club is selling gourmet cookies by the dozen or half dozen.

  • Is social media is a good thing?



    It's safe to say we're living in a world dominated by social media. With websites such as Facebook and Twitter becoming a staple in teens' lives, there's always the question of whether or not it's good.

  • Knitting Club hooks students

    It is still dark outside on a Thursday morning as the knitters begin gathering.

    Unlike the image some might conjure up of grandmothers wearing shawls and sitting in rocking chairs, these knitters are members of the Knitting Club and students at Central Hardin High School.

    “The kids that come seem passionate about what they’re learning,” teacher Kristi Vernon said.

  • NHHS Gamer's Club members embrace nerd status

    With titles such as Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Empire instead of club president, the Gamer’s Club at North Hardin High School is admittedly a different sort of group.

    “We’re the biggest conglomeration of nerds in the school,” junior James Richason said.

  • CHHS student overcomes obstacles to build promising future


    Imagine for a moment a young woman who has overcome so many obstacles, accomplished so many feats and has a very bright future ahead of her. Imagine Skylar Jeffries.

    As a young girl, Jeffries' father passed away. Several years ago, she lost her mother to cancer. Although it is still difficult to maintain as hard a working drive as Jeffries', she is still very ambitious to reach her goals. In memory of her mother, she has been a Relay for Life team captain for two years.