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Tuesday's Teen

  • Louisville Youth Orchestra is music to Central student's ears

    Rebekah McKinley has been hitting all the right notes in her burgeoning music career.

    McKinley, a freshman at Central Hardin High School, has in just a few short years turned her love of music into a spot in the Louisville Youth Orchestra.

  • Mathew Gaudern is shooting for the stars

    Mathew Gaudern had his first taste of the stage at age 3 in a gymnastics recital. 

    Since, he's been pursuing the spotlight, an endeavor that's made him a regular on the Hardin County Playhouse stage and landed him roles in a commercial, music video and movies.

    He learned his trade at the Hardin County Playhouse, he said.

    Recently the Central Hardin High School junior appeared as Leroy Herdman in “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.”

  • Smells like a new year

    Mention the smells of Christmas and most people have little trouble ticking off their favorites: The perfume of evergreen, the citrusy smell of fruit in the Christmas stockings, cinnamon spice tea brewing, the aroma of gingerbread cookies and pumpkin bread baking.

    So popular are these smells that they’ve been packaged in Christmas aerosol sprays, candles and refresher oils.

    Not so with the New Year. 

  • Teen balances school, job, music aspirations

    In the crowded dining room of Hardee’s/Red Burrito in Hardinsburg on a Thursday night, amid the scent of deep fried onion rings, strains of deep fried country music fill the air as patrons line dance and clap along.

    Meade County High School senior Emily Summitt alternates between sitting at tables with friends and sitting with family, awaiting her moment on the makeshift stage where her musical mentor Rodney Watts sings Tim McGraw’s “Down on the Farm.”

  • 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.