Tuesday's Teen

  • A ray of optimism, Sierra Rubin pursues variety of interests

    At first glance, people might assume Sierra Rubin faces hardships and challenges. But Rubin only sees positivity and opportunity.

    People automatically assume since she’s a little person that she faces many challenges at school.

    They ask Rubin, a Central Hardin High School junior, about that a lot. But, she said, she adapts easily and is not afraid to ask if she needs help with anything. The school staff has been great with providing her with anything she needs.

    “I’m not a person who lets things get to me,” she said.

  • Recipe for success: Teen follows long path to culinary field


    Parents: James and Melinda

    Favorite music: ’40s and ’50s

    Favorite TV show: “I Love Lucy”

    Favorite movies: The Lord of the Rings trilogy; classic black-and-white musicals and comedies such as “Summer Stock”

    Favorite books: “Barefoot in Paris,” by Ina Garten and “Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland,” by Gerald Clarke

    Hobbies: Movies; he considers himself a movie buff

  • Trethaway learns the rules of the game

    Just call him the Track Master.

    Dan Trethaway, a senior at Central Hardin High School, spent part of the summer interning at Gameloft, a video game developer and publisher.

    His father, who works at the company's New Orleans location where Trethaway interned, was instrumental in introducing Trethaway to gaming when he was young.

  • Sketching a future in ink and felt

    Elizabethtown High School freshman Clayton Roederer has big dreams that are created from his own imagination.

    He plans on not only developing his own comic book based on characters he has developed but also hopes to produce a television show from puppets he has designed.

    Roederer began showing a talent for drawing at a young age.

  • RaShaan Allen named Midwest Military Youth of the Year

    RaShaan Allen has long been a member of a special club. And now that club has gotten a lot more exclusive.

    Allen, a recent graduate of Fort Knox High School, was named the 2013-14 Midwest Military Youth of the Year, an award given by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Allen will go on to compete in Washington, D.C. in September for a national award.

  • Desmond Owens cheering his way to the top

    A decision to switch from band to cheerleading led Desmond Owens to national competition opportunities and gave him a foot in the door for potential college scholarship.

    Owens, who soon will be a junior at Central Hardin High School, began tumbling and gymnastics when he was 6 or 7 years old but was very active in band when he entered high school.

    Some friends encouraged him try out for cheerleading. At first he was hesitant.

    “Boys don’t do cheerleading, that’s not something boys do,” he said.

  • Teen feeds desire to help community

    With plastic-gloved hands, 17-year-old Benjamin Pierce dipped a yellow measuring cup into a box of 50 pounds of rice, scooping up enough to fill the 2-pound container.

    Pierce poured the contents into a large plastic bag, onto which he had affixed a label to denote it is not for resale, and packed the bag into a box. It was part of his volunteer service at Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland for the summer.

    He’d rather be doing this, he said, than his other option.

  • Lewis chosen as state delegate for national youth council

    Clarence Lewis was just hoping to visit a favorite city again. But the trip turned into a development of leadership abilities that Lewis struggles to describe.

    Lewis, 17, will be serving as the Kentucky delegate for the Youth Leadership Council of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Lewis was selected on a June trip to Washington, D.C., with several other local students.

  • Jay DuPlessis: Managing life on and off the field

    Jay DuPlessis, who will be a senior at Elizabethtown High School, wears many hats in his life. Soccer, Eagle Scouts, history and faith all come together to complete DuPlessis.

    He’s done it all without letting a stutter in his speech get in the way.

    The upcoming seasons will be his third as manager of the EHS girls soccer team and fourth year managing  basketball.

    “I love being around the players,” he said.

  • Volunteering, apprenticeship all in day's work for NHHS junior

    At 16 years old, Brandon Esquivel of Vine Grove already has taken on a good share of responsibility.

    Esquivel is not only a participant in the Fort Knox job apprenticeship program HIRED!, he is a volunteer with the Fort Knox chapter of the American Red Cross.

    As a HIRED! participant, the North Hardin High School junior works at Beth Caruso Youth Sports Complex, filing documents, helping prepare programs, listing summer activities and keeping an eye on children using the facility, among other duties.