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Oct 24 2013 | 11:23 am - Kyle Kalish looks like he's been through the wringer after finishing a go-kart race. The four-time national champion sprint racer is bruised, exhausted and mentally spent. But the Wauconda teen relishes every moment. “A lot of kids think it's...
Oct 17 2013 | 5:31 am - Those first images of abject poverty in Port-au-Prince, Haiti — each scene teeming with people living without the most basic of human needs — are burned into Renata Wettermann’s memory. The Inverness teen knew right then her life's...
Oct 03 2013 | 5:42 am - Nathan “Nate” Knowles and William “Will” Darling may be the best of friends, but that hasn't stopped the pair from becoming fierce competitors on the national mountain biking circuit. Nate, 12, of Batavia, and Will, 11, of...
Sep 26 2013 | 5:25 am - Once so shy she couldn't even sing in front of her family, Brisila Barros is still reeling from her brush with stardom over the summer as a finalist on "El Factor X," a Spanish-language version of Simon Cowell's TV franchise. The Round Lake High...
Sep 23 2013 | 9:52 am - Cassidy Williams was the only girl in her AP computer science class at Downers Grove South High School. Now she is one of only five women majoring in computer science, along with 57 men, in Iowa State University's Class of 2014. It's a trend the...
Sep 12 2013 | 5:43 am - When watching rhythmic gymnasts Laura Zeng of Libertyville and Camilla Feeley of Lincolnshire, you’re not sure whether to be awe-struck or completely baffled as to how they do it. Each of the 13-year-olds has a promising future in the sport.
Sep 05 2013 | 5:08 am - Wood carving takes extraordinary patience, rigid discipline and remarkable diligence - traits not often associated with an active 12-year-old boy. Yet just seven months after taking up the craft, Elgin's Shane Cloonan already has estanlished himself...
Aug 22 2013 | 5:26 am - While many people are unfamiliar with dressage (rhymes with garage), considered to be the highest expression of horse training and the most artistic of the equestrian sports, Rosie Julian-Simoes doesn't know a life without it. The Barrington Hills...
Aug 15 2013 | 5:32 am - Don't tell Isabelle “Izzy” Hanson that she participates in beauty pageants. Yes, the 17-year-old from Glen Ellyn won the title of Miss Illinois' Outstanding Teen in June, and now is in Florida competing in the Miss America's Outstanding...
Aug 08 2013 | 5:47 am - Ben Brissette has perfect ACT and SAT scores, but he doesn't stop there. On a cross country trail, in the pool, onstage or in the science lab, the active Des Plaines teen prefers to be on the move. “You're so much less inclined to waste time...