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Tuesday's Teen

  • Family tradition drives 18-year-old to become EMT

    Bailley Vinton grew up around chaos. With a father who is an EMT and firefighter, an uncle who is also an EMT and a brother who is a junior firefighter, the 18-year-old knows a thing or two about helping out in a crisis.

    "I've grown up with the fire department and EMS and it's just something that's a part of me," she said.

    When Vinton found out Hardin County EMS was beginning to offer EMT program training classes last fall, she jumped at the opportunity to join the family tradition of helping people.

  • Kevin Dyer is West Point bound

    Kevin Dyer excelled on the athletic field during high school and soon will take a big step toward excelling on the military field.

    Dyer, who graduated from North Hardin High School last weekend, filled his high school years with track, football and JROTC. His post high school career begins with an appointment to West Point, the United States Military Academy.

    His father spent 26 years in the military and his mother, who works at Human Resources Command at Fort Knox, is former military.

  • Government, music, service fill teen's schedule

    MORE ABOUT CLARA COSTELLO
    City of birth: Oklahoma City, Okla.
    Favorite music: Christian folk/indie and an eclectic mix
    Favorite TV show: Although she doesn’t watch much TV, she enjoys “Downton Abbey”
    Favorite movies: “The Sound of Music” and “The Music Man”
    Favorite authors/books: C.S. Lewis and “A Patriot’s History of the United States: From Columbus’s Great Discovery to the War on Terror,” by Michael Allen and Larry Schweikart

  • Kayla Clark-Reed, a beauty queen with a mean swing

    Kayla Clark-Reed is a busy young woman. She plays varsity softball, is a cheerleader, volunteers for the National Wild Turkey Federation, hunts and participates in pageants around the county.

    The North Hardin High School freshman has a lot on her plate but likes a variety of activities.

    “It keeps me busy and keeps me out of trouble,” she said, adding they are all activities she enjoys and is passionate about.

    In school, her favorite subject is health sciences and she hopes to be a humanitarian aide when she graduates.

  • Teen's career measures are musical

    At an early age, Austin Pence was introduced to music, learning to play dulcimer in the second grade. These days the 19-year-old is still involved in music and all that jazz.

    All that jazz, in fact, is what occupies much of the Rineyville resident’s time.

    Last year, Pence founded the Vine Grove Jazz Ensemble, a group of about 18 high school and college student musicians. The foundation of the group goes back to his high school days, when he was part of the North Hardin High School jazz band.

  • Savanaha Campbell loves her farming roots

    Savanaha Campbell’s life is expressed on the farm and on canvas.

    Last month, the junior participated with the Central Hardin FFA in a clean-up effort at University Drive Park. Her part in the project was to paint a mural on a dugout that had been defaced with graffiti. Other students put a fresh coat of paint on dugouts and cleaned up garbage in the park.

    She was glad to be a part of a project that seemed to be deeply appreciated.

  • Adoption awareness, volunteerism fill teen's life

    The moment Katelin Denney was born, she was given to her adoptive mother, Linda Denney, who was present for the birth.

    Now 16, Katelin promotes adoption awareness as part of her platform in the pageants she enters. She is currently Today’s American Woman Teen Kentucky.

    “She’s the first one in Kentucky and the only one from Kentucky,” her mother said of the title. “So it’s quite an honor.”

    Katelin Denney will head to national competition in June

  • Carter Hearne has his eyes set on a future in politics

    Carter Hearne of Cecilia crafted his high school career for experience in a future political career.

    The Elizabethtown High School senior is involved in state and national level political debate experiences.

    This year he will go to the Conference on National Affairs as one of Kentucky’s representatives. There he will debate student written proposals on legislation to fix a national or international issue, he said.

  • Patterson cultivates faith in sports, music

    Sixteen-year-old Amanda Patterson has faith in all she does.

    The North Hardin High School junior, who has a 3.99 GPA, is president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, plays two varsity sports and is a youth praise band member at her church, Memorial United Methodist Church in Elizabethtown.

    Patterson takes her roles seriously, even if they can be challenging.

    “People look to me to be a Christian example, and it gets hard because I’m a teenager, and I am going to make mistakes,” the Rineyville resident said.

  • Lora Sparks tells stories through pixels

    Lora Sparks spent much of her teenage years looking through the lens of a camera.

    The John Hardin High School senior has enjoyed arts all her life but her particular passion is photography.

    She has developed her own photography business, used her talents for school and won awards for her photography.

    Her favorite thing to photograph is nature and she takes pictures of a lot of bugs that many people may not notice.