Tuesday's Teen

  • 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.

  • Savanaha Campbell loves her farming roots

    Savanaha Campbell’s life is expressed on the farm and on canvas.

    Last month, the junior participated with the Central Hardin FFA in a clean-up effort at University Drive Park. Her part in the project was to paint a mural on a dugout that had been defaced with graffiti. Other students put a fresh coat of paint on dugouts and cleaned up garbage in the park.

    She was glad to be a part of a project that seemed to be deeply appreciated.

  • Adoption awareness, volunteerism fill teen's life

    The moment Katelin Denney was born, she was given to her adoptive mother, Linda Denney, who was present for the birth.

    Now 16, Katelin promotes adoption awareness as part of her platform in the pageants she enters. She is currently Today’s American Woman Teen Kentucky.

    “She’s the first one in Kentucky and the only one from Kentucky,” her mother said of the title. “So it’s quite an honor.”

    Katelin Denney will head to national competition in June

  • Carter Hearne has his eyes set on a future in politics

    Carter Hearne of Cecilia crafted his high school career for experience in a future political career.

    The Elizabethtown High School senior is involved in state and national level political debate experiences.

    This year he will go to the Conference on National Affairs as one of Kentucky’s representatives. There he will debate student written proposals on legislation to fix a national or international issue, he said.

  • Patterson cultivates faith in sports, music

    Sixteen-year-old Amanda Patterson has faith in all she does.

    The North Hardin High School junior, who has a 3.99 GPA, is president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, plays two varsity sports and is a youth praise band member at her church, Memorial United Methodist Church in Elizabethtown.

    Patterson takes her roles seriously, even if they can be challenging.

    “People look to me to be a Christian example, and it gets hard because I’m a teenager, and I am going to make mistakes,” the Rineyville resident said.

  • Lora Sparks tells stories through pixels

    Lora Sparks spent much of her teenage years looking through the lens of a camera.

    The John Hardin High School senior has enjoyed arts all her life but her particular passion is photography.

    She has developed her own photography business, used her talents for school and won awards for her photography.

    Her favorite thing to photograph is nature and she takes pictures of a lot of bugs that many people may not notice.

  • Boy Scouts, show choir give teen new outlook

    For Justin Vessels of Vine Grove, show choir is more than song and dance. And being a Boy Scout is more than doing good deeds.

    Vessels, 17, is a senior at North Hardin High School who said participating in the choir gave him a new outlook on life. Before joining, he said, he had no real aspirations and lacked self-esteem.

    That changed when he joined choir in his freshman year of high school in Indiana and later in his sophomore year when he arrived at NHHS.

  • Terrance Life is engineering his path to the future

    Terrance Life has a mind for engineering but still has time for puppets and nature.

    The sophomore is a part of a world championship competing robotics team at Central Hardin High School, participates in the puppet ministry at College Heights United Methodist Church and is an Eagle Scout.

    Life participated in pre-engineering classes through Project Lead the Way and learned a lot about robotics and programming. After hearing about the robotics teams, he felt it was a natural fit.

  • Teen exemplifies 'spirit of giving’

    Sara Collins is 14, but when she was much younger, she said her father performed in a few operas and she developed a love for it.

    Collins also remembers being in elementary school and noticing her parents would donate to help school children in need.

    “It didn’t hit me until I was a little older and some of my friends told me they didn’t have any food,” she said.