Tuesday's Teen

  • Her business is not a grind

    When she was several years younger, Keeley Erizer dreamed of having a coffee shop.

    Before she had that dream, Erizer was an elementary school-age child who planned on being a cake decorator. She said she wasn’t as good at the decorating part as she was at the baking.

    But she really liked baking and found an aptitude for it.

  • Teen with many interests contests future

    Nathan Johnson, 15, has no problem solving the future, as long as it’s not his own.

    The Elizabethtown High School sophomore was in T.K. Stone Middle School’s first Future Problem Solvers team when he was in seventh grade and has continued with the club into high school.

  • Lessons on the farm translate to a serving spirit in life

    Growing up on a fourth-generation family-owned cattle farm gave 16-year-old Shelbi Clark a passion for agriculture and a willingness to serve.

    Doing whatever needed to be done on the farm from bottle feeding calves to thawing waterers, instilled a passion for agriculture, she said.

  • Robotics competitions provide teen 'Rock Star' status

    John Hardin High School sophomore Keeley Slade has the drive to compete in Vex Robotics events and her participation has resulted in her being asked to emcee the VEX Worlds competition in 2016 in Louisville.

  • 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.