• Cool and Unique Classes: Science, social studies and family consumer sciences

    Some classes at area high schools seem more like the TV shows “CSI,” “Law & Order” or “Project Runway” than readin’, writin’ or ‘rithmatic.

    Take the Forensics class taught by Deborah Whelan at North Hardin High School, for example.

  • Cool and Unique Classes: Arts & Language Arts

    Area high school students have educational options that span the ages from ancient world mythology to modern digital art.

    Fort Knox High School has the Department of Defense Education Activity to thank for the computer art class taught by Karl Olive.

    “Actually, someone at DoDEA headquarters in Washington felt that it would be good to offer a computer art course as a means of integrating technology into the classroom,” Olive said.

    The class, he said, provides a means for students to develop their skills with a variety of digital media.

  • RV 1-31 "Life in Skinny Jeans"

    By Janelle Williams
    While many teens across the nation are tweeting or texting, sixteen-year-old Misty England is authoring her own autobiography, "Life in Skinny Jeans."
    “I want to tell what it’s like to be big and small,” England, who dropped 121 pounds in nine months, said. “I want people to know what it’s like to be on both sides.”
    After witnessing her own mother’s loss of 318 pounds, England resolved to shed some weight herself.

  • Students learn banking and finance

    Students at Elizabethtown High School can bank on cool classes that teach them about banking and finances.

    First Panther Bank is part of Finance and Banking 1, taught by Janie Pennington. The class is an elective for juniors and seniors.

    “This course is an intensive study of financial procedures and concepts,” Pennington said. “It also involves a student financial center that provides applications of banking and financial concepts.”

  • Jan. 2011 RISING VOICES: January Student Editor

    Hannah McCandless is this month's student editor for Rising Voices.

    A sophomore at Elizabethtown High School, Hannah, 16, is involved in swimming, Y-Club, Spanish Club, Student Council, Pep Club and choir. She enjoys swimming, reading, writing, studying and "being geeky."

    Hannah volunteers at the YMCA and is interested in journalism and teaching as possible future careers.

    As editor for the January issue of Rising Voices, Hannah led discussion and assigned stories and photos.

  • Jan. 2011 RISING VOICES: Home School — What's it all about?


    In the United States, parents have many choices when it comes to their child’s education. One such choice is home schooling, which requires a commitment from both the parent and the student.

    Some choose home schooling because it allows the student to work through curriculum at a pace that's customized to his or her needs and abilities.  

  • Jan. 2011 RISING VOICES: Deck the Halls with ... Easter stuff already?


    Holidays come and go, but commercialization and mass production never fail us. From year to year and from holiday to holiday, stores overstock their shelves with the theme of whatever the upcoming holiday is.

    Some teens see the quick switch in production as a simple way to keep the economy running, while others think it takes away from the meaning of the holiday.

  • Jan. 2011 RISING VOICES: POINT/COUNTERPOINT: Have technology, media changed youth for the better?


    Our generation is getting older, and so are the things we grew up with as children.

    Between the 1990s and the millennium it seems like every aspect of our culture did a massive 360 for the better.

    Of course, the youth of each decade has its defining attributes. Take fashion, for instance.

  • Jan. 2011 RISING VOICES: POINT/COUNTERPOINT: Have technology, media changed youth for the better?


    Even teens look back on childhood memories with fondness.

    Everyone remembers the "Magic School Bus" theme song, and the Dr. Seuss books kindergarten teachers read aloud. These stories were fun and educational. The teens of tomorrow, however, will have very different memories of their childhoods, spurred on by rapidly changing media and technology.

  • Home for the holidays


    Having a parent deployed overseas is a burden by itself. It is even harder when that parent is gone during the holidays.

    Here are the stories of three local young people — including me — whose fathers have been deployed overseas in the last two years.