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Tuesday's Teen

  • Teen builds bond, business with cattle

    Being out on the farm with her cattle is the perfect place for Paige Geer.

    “I have two calves, three cows, two bulls and a steer,” Geer said.

    All of the cattle Geer owns, she purchased herself from money earned through 4-H’s livestock program after selling market steers each year.

  • Tyler Struzik gives of himself to help the poor

    Two days a week, Tyler Struzik can be found volunteering at the St. Vincent De Paul store in Elizabethtown.

    The 16-year-old prices items and puts them on the shelves at the charity which helps finance St. James Catholic Church’s ministry to the poor.

    “It keeps me busy and actually does help out the community and church,” Struzik said.

  • Teen exercises interest in career field

    Part of 18-year-old Ethan Johnson’s decision to seek a career in physical therapy can be attributed to an uncle, who has Parkinson’s disease.

    “And he struggles with basic motions,” Johnson said.

  • Jeriel Gonzalez seeks challenges in life

    Jeriel Gonzalez always is looking for his next challenge because that’s what drives him.

    Gonzalez and his family moved to Fort Knox in August when his father, Jose Espinosa, was assigned there by the U.S. Army. Although Gonzalez knew no one on post outside of his own family, he quickly became involved at Fort Knox High School and challenged himself in new ways.

  • Fort Knox student turns JROTC assignment into passion for volunteering

    Ben Milward’s work at the Lord Supper Soup Kitchen in Radcliff will be missed when he moves to Arizona later this month.

    The 18-year-old Fort Knox High School graduate began volunteering in July of 2014 and spends every Monday night at the facility on Knox Boulevard, as well as any other opportunity he can fit into his week.

  • Trombone provides path to Austria for teen

    It wasn’t 76 trombones leading a big parade that made 19-year-old Bryan Mitchell take note of a music career, but it’s a 30-member trombone choir at the University of Kentucky that’s helping him secure one.

  • Coffell trades wrestling for physique competitions

    After wrestling at Central Hardin High School, Jared Coffell of Elizabethtown, gave up the sport for a new type of recreation after he attended Western Kentucky University for a year.

    Coffell, 19, trains and competes in physique contests now to fill his competitive void.

    The end of his freshman year at WKU was when Coffell started getting into physique competitions.

  • Alice Zagar's life is off center stage and she prefers it that way

    Alice Zagar has been involved in theater since birth, literally.

    When the Performing Arts Center at John Hardin High School was being built, her mom, Carol, said the family would go to the construction site to see how it was coming along.

    “She was still a little baby in a carrier,” Carol said.

  • Teen angler hooks rewards

    Nick Ratliff cast his fate to a lifelong interest and landed himself a scholarship for his efforts.

    Ratliff has been a member of the Elizabethtown High School angling team for the past three years and has received a scholarship to attend Campbellsville University. But his love of fishing goes back much longer.

  • Senior is ready for next move

    Kelsey McGuffin always is a team player.

    The Central Hardin High School senior and softball shortstop is getting every experience she can to help others before starting college in the fall.

    Kelsey has been playing softball since she was 5-years-old.

    “It’s basically been my life,” she said.