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Tuesday's Teen

  • CHHS students head Down Under

    Summer vacation will bring a trip far beyond the U.S. coast for two Central Hardin High School students.

    Senior Brett Rafn and junior Cole Overman will travel to Australia and New Zealand this summer to take part in the 2014 Down Under Sports wrestling tournament. Rafn and Overman were invited to compete and are working to raise money to fund the trip.

  • High in the saddle: Kaylee Simmons trains, races her four-legged friend

    Kaylee Simmons and Wimpy are the best of friends, even though Wimpy is a four-legged friend.

    Simmons trains and rides Wimpy, a horse, in competitions.

    “He’s definitely my best friend,” she said. “He’s kind of like a dog. When you walk in, no matter what kind of mood you’re in, he’s happy to see you.”

  • Evans holds statewide FCCLA office

    When planning for the statewide meeting of the high school family and consumer sciences organization gets underway, a John Hardin High School senior will be right in the middle of it.

    Brooklyn Evans serves as the vice president of public relations for Kentucky Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. Evans was selected to serve in her statewide role in the spring and she will serve until March.

  • 14-year-old volunteer shows 'sincere' caring

    Growing up in St. Louis, Alanna Graham saw what it meant to be in need.

    “I saw a lot of homeless people,” Graham, 14, said.

    When she was as young as 6, her mother had her help charitable groups prepare Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets for those in need.

    After moving to Elizabethtown in 2010, Arvella Graham has continued arranging for her daughter to volunteer, most often for the BackPack Program at Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland.

  • Photography develops as teen's serious hobby

    Sixteen-year-old Thomas Deaton often sees his world through a viewfinder.

    The Elizabethtown High School student is a photographer who started his own business, Red Lime Photography. Family, friends and neighbors have had their photos taken by Deaton.

    “The joke among my friends is I never stop taking pictures,” he said.

    Deaton takes a lot of photos of Elizabethtown High School seniors, and he takes photographs at all his family get-togethers. During an eighth grade trip to Chicago he took about 10,000 photos, he said.

  • The lights are bright for Hollie Nall

    At age 18, Hollie Nall wowed audiences this fall as Eponine in “Les  Misérables” at the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center.

    One day she hopes to wow the crowds on Broadway, but her first stop in that journey is college.

  • Volunteerism developed through teen's struggles

    Music has long been an outlet for Lander Ryan, and he works weekly to give the ability of artistic expression to others.

    An Elizabethtown High School junior, Ryan recently was awarded a Kohl’s Cares award based on his volunteer hours around the community, specifically at Panther Place, an after-school care program in Elizabethtown Independent Schools.

  • A servant's heart: Callie Clopton keeps her focus on others

    Callie Clopton’s quiet resolve for serving and missions reveals a character noticed by others.

    At her church, local charities and at home, the Magnolia homeschooled junior is mindful of the needs of others.

    Machelle McDowell, the children’s and missions leader at South Fork Baptist Church in Hodgenville, said a picture of who Clopton is can be found in a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, “A great man is always willing to be little.”

  • Anime, culture draw teen to east

    Anime is leading 15-year-old Betta Kim to the land of the rising sun.

    “I’m not sure how I’m going to get there, but I’m going to Japan,” Kim said of her post-high school plans.

    If all goes as she hopes, Kim will be teaching English in Japan someday.

    The Central Hardin High School sophomore is so enamored with the country she is teaching herself to speak and write Japanese. She uses online resources and books designed for tourists.

    “I make little flash cards,” she said.

  • EHS student turns service into an art

    Erin Boley has found a way to combine her love of art and her desire to serve the community.

    Boley, a sophomore at Elizabethtown High School, shares her artistic talents with elementary students attending the Panther Place after-school care program in Elizabethtown Independent Schools.

    She runs an art club for fourth- and fifth-grade students in the program.