Tuesday's Teen

  • 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.

  • EHS senior has passion for volunteerism

    Favorite film: "The Notebook"

    Favorite book: "Wuthering Heights"

    Favorite music/musician: country music, Luke Bryan

    Favorite track event: High jump


    Sydney Nall traces her desire to help others to her father, Richie.

    “He always puts others first,” Nall said.

  • Akers: A leader on and off the court

    Getting to know Mallory Akers: 
    Favorite music: A student of music, she likes all kinds.
    Sibling: One older brother
    Favorite movie: “Mulan”
    Sports: The University of Kentucky is her favorite team, if she had to pick one.
    Favorite books: She likes Nicholas Sparks books, the Twilight Saga and Hunger Games series.
    Hobbies: She really doesn’t have time for hobbies.
    Favorite school subject: Science
    Job: Subway

  • Fort Knox teen becomes leader among volunteers

    In some ways, 16-year-old Jerzay Ingram is a typical teen.

    Ingram attends classes at Fort Knox High School where he is a junior. He likes to skateboard.

    In some ways, the Fort Knox resident is not your typical teen.

    Ingram appreciates a place free of vulgar language and cursing. He doesn’t mind mopping floors, cleaning bathrooms and wiping down tables as a volunteer at a soup kitchen.

    And Ingram has become a leader, training incoming volunteers.

  • 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.