• RISING VOICES: Put some intelligence where your mouth is



    It’s going to happen again today.

    Someone is going to publicly humiliate the 43 million handicapped and 10.8 million gay people who live in this world.

    Over the phone. In public. In a posting on Facebook. In an e-mail.

    It may be somebody admirable or respectable, or maybe it will be a family member or peer, but somewhere, someone will call somebody else a “retard,” “retarded” or a “fag.”

  • RISING VOICES: Point/Counterpoint: Do new year resolutions work?


    A new year gives us the hope of a new start.

    As we look back on the past year, we may be unhappy with some of our choices and behaviors. Each new year brings the potential for better things. This is the role of new year resolutions.

    Resolutions require us to reflect on our past behaviors and evaluate what changes need to be made. They set boundaries on our behavior and raise expectations.

  • RISING VOICES: Point/Counterpoint: Do new year resolutions work?


    The crowd freezes. Everyone stares at the clock hanging above the mantle. The second hand slowly approaches midnight. Everyone holds their breath in anticipation, sweat trickling down their faces. The minute hand goes up. The clock loudly chimes 12 times. The crowd joyously jumps and shouts, “Happy New Year!”

  • Interactive boards engage students on new level

    Dry erase boards are so last century.

    Interactive boards — digital boards that can display images from computers as well as have items manipulated by teachers and students — are becoming more common in classrooms, and teachers find them to be a great way to engage students and keep them active in their learning.

    Elizabethtown Independent Schools has an interactive board in every classroom in its elementary schools, and about 25 percent of the classrooms at T. K. Middle School and Elizabethtown High School have one.

  • RISING VOICES: December Student Editor

    Caleb Sedlak is this month's student editor.

    Caleb is a 15-year-old freshman who is home schooled with FAITH Home School Group. He plays basketball and soccer and is involved in Boy Scouts. His hobbies include playing X-Box 360.

    He volunteers at Warm Blessings and is interested in a future career as an aerospace engineer.

    As student editor, Caleb led discussion at the planning meeting and assigned stories.

  • RISING VOICES: Student editor for November

    April Willis is this month's Rising Voices student editor.

    April is a 15-year-old sophomore who is home schooled. She is a member of JOOI, Girl Scouts and other groups and enjoys writing, reading and doing art.

    Through her involvement with JOOI, she volunteers with numerous organizations in the community.

    Her possible future career interests include author, publisher and historian.

    April joined Rising Voices to experience and gain appreciation for journalistic writing.

  • RISING VOICES: Working teens make it work

    About half of all U.S. teens — 48.9 percent — have jobs, according to a July 2010 data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some work to pay for car insurance; others, to beef up college applications. For some, a job is just an opportunity to gain real-world work experience.
    Regardless of the reason, managing time between the responsibilities of school and work can be challenging.

  • RISING VOICES: The world is a stage

    At age 3, Kaity Paschetto slipped on her first pair of dainty ballet shoes. Since then, she has dominated the stage as a dancer and ensnared audiences throughout Kentucky with her operatic voice and striking red hair.
    “Theater is my life,” Paschetto, a junior at Central Hardin, said. “My two older sisters took dance, and that’s what got me started.”

  • RISING VOICES: Point/Counterpoint: Do awareness months really increase awareness?

    One hundred sixty-seven.
    According to easilyamused.org, that's how many different cause awareness months are recognized in different parts of the United States. Although this is not an official list, this number shows one reason why cause awareness months are ineffective: There are too many.
    Cause months sound, in essence, like a good idea: raising awareness about problems that affect a large portion of people. However, with so many different causes, who could keep track?

  • RISING VOICES: A candidate's kid speaks

    To look at a house from the outside, you see siding, roof and windows. But this is only part of what makes up the house.
    Look inside and you find furniture, painted walls and flooring.
    A campaign is a lot like a house.
    From the outside, you only see certain aspects: signs, TV ads, endless mailers. But when you’re in it — when you’re really involved in a campaign — it’s so much more.
    That’s how it is for me. I am a candidate’s kid.