Tuesday's Teen

  • 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.

  • Tim Whitehouse, an all-around good student

    Tim Whitehouse is active in many school activities and considered an all-around nice guy.

    “I doubt if he has any enemies,” said his JROTC instructor, retired Lt. Col. Roland Haun.

    Haun said Whitehouse is a smart, good leader to his peers.

    “Everything he does he puts 100 percent into,” Haun said.

    Whitehouse is not afraid to question the way things are done and find a better way of doing it, Haun said. But once a decision is made, he gives it his full support, he said.

  • Teen learns about self while giving to others

    Richard Thackrey had to realize some things about himself before he could move past them and he has Fort Knox Devers Middle School and Teen Center to thank.

    “From coming here I was learning I was really angry,” Thackrey said. “I was depressed.”

    With mentorship and encouragement from Devers staff, Thackrey changed his outlook. The staff, he said, showed him he was “a good kid.”

    The volunteer role even helped him cope when his father told him and two of his siblings that he had been diagnosed with colon cancer.

  • Four Foushee brothers march in step

    For Kevin, Daniel and Jacob Foushee, they didn’t just follow in their brother’s footsteps — they marched.

    Marching band has become a way of life for the Foushee family as each son joined the band, starting with the eldest sibling, Jarrod. For one season, the Meade County High School band became home to the four Foushee brothers.

  • Matthew Nelson stays active on and off the stage

    Theater, music, scouting, school clubs and church activities give John Hardin High School senior Matthew Nelson plenty to balance.

    He’s been active in the Youth Theatre of Hardin County since the summer after seventh grade.

    “It introduced me to performance oriented stuff,” Nelson said.

    Through Youth Theatre, he started to enjoy being in front of people.

  • Central Hardin senior divides time between music, machines

    Central Hardin High School student Michael Fisher enjoys learning how things work and that interest has led to his involvement in two diverse fields: music and machines.

    A member of a world-class high school robotics team, the 17-year-old has learned to play the cello, bass guitar, percussion, bassoon, tuba and piano throughout the years.