Tuesday's Teen

  • Rebecca Mackey, a city girl who loves agriculture

    Although she lives in a subdivision, agriculture is important in Rebecca Mackey’s life.

  • Teen cites purpose in mentoring, counseling youth

    Elizabethtown teenager Daniel Crain has been a Big Brother and has provided counseling at a Christian camp, among other things, but he is quick to give credit to others.

    “Definitely people around me made it easier for me to be put in these paths,” Crain said.

  • Mayor's granddaughter dreams of leading state, country

    Lauran Berger isn't ignorant to politics. Afterall, the Elizabethtown High School senior's grandmother, Edna Berger, is Elizabethtown's mayor.

    Lauran hopes to one day follow her grandmother's footsteps and become a politician.

  • Kennedy Selbe has the community on her mind and dance in her heart

    Kennedy Selbe spends most of her spare time serving the community and dancing.

    The 16-year-old John Hardin High School student dances with Allegro Dance Theatre in Radcliff and volunteers through the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls.

    She described the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls as a Christian organization that does community service throughout Kentucky.

  • Dance, volunteering, sports vie for teen's time

    For 15-year-old Raleigh Boulware of Elizabethtown, volunteering is an opportunity to not only serve those in need but to demonstrate his service to his faith.

    Through an outreach program with The Journey church, Boulware began volunteering at Warm Blessings soup kitchen and Allegro, an assisted living community.

    At Warm Blessings, where he volunteers from about 5 until about 7 p.m. once a month, Boulware washes dishes. He said he didn’t know about Warm Blessings before he started helping there, but he has found it a good experience.

  • 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

    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.