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Luke Skywalker As A Teenager: A Teen Talks About The Characters On His Journey

When you have a tough road, it's good to know someone has walked it before. Today's Dayton Youth Radio producer tells us about some real-life and fictional characters who have helped him on his journey. My name is William Richard Pittl III; call me Billy for short. I am the third of two other people, and we all look exactly alike. I'm 18 years old, and a senior at Centerville High School. I love to sing and do voice impressions of famous people or cartoon characters. I don't remember much about

Luke Skywalker As A Teenager: A Teen Talks About The Characters On His Journey

Nothing Like The Sun: A Teenager Works To Make Sense Of The Loss Of A Friend

Death can be difficult to face when you're young, and for teenagers, the death of a peer can be especially hard. Today on Dayton Youth Radio, we hear from one local student who's still working to make sense of the loss of her friend. My name is Kenzie Wilkinson. I am 18 years old and currently a senior at Centerville High School. Growing up, my neighborhood was filled with fun events. The neighborhood was filled with kids my age, and we were all close and would hang out after school. My home

Nothing Like The Sun: A Teenager Works To Make Sense Of The Loss Of A Friend

Pretty Girls Only: A Teenage Designer Talks About His Brand

Drew Schemmel doesn't have to worry about what he's going to wear each morning. He pulls on a shirt that says PGO, for Pretty Girls Only. That's his clothing line where he designs T-shirts and sweatshirts at Centerville High School. He has some thoughts to share on being a young entrepreneur. My name is Drew Schemmel. I have a big imagination and believe my ideas could be the next big thing. My story is about being a young entrepeneur and how I began my own clothing line with my brother Nick and

Hurricane: A Teenager Talks About Starting And Stopping Doing Drugs

My name is Dalton McKnight. I am a 17 year old senior at Centerville High School. I'm on probation. I used to be a pothead; I've smoked for about 5-6 years of my life. Growing up people was always smoking either cigarettes or cigars. My stepdad smoked cigarettes daily, even going through about 2-3 cartons a day. My grandpa would smoke about a box of 5 cigars daily, and for my uncle, well he smoked weed and cigarettes. Even though I was younger, I didn't see anything wrong with me smoking since

Holiday: A Teenager Talks Family, Politics, And Turkey

My name's Madrid Joy, and I'm a sophomore at Stivers School for the Arts. I like reading, writing, debating, and eating. Something else that my close friends know about me is that I hate Thanksgiving. Everyone always has something to say, like "Immigrants are lazy or that they don't pay taxes or why don't they improve their own country first" or stuff like that. I think everyone has a memorable holiday story, and mine is about politics. There's a political divide in my family, kind of a mixed

Unstoppable: A Teenager With Narcolepsy Keeps Moving

Dayton Youth Radio student Lauren Redfern is always moving. As a matter of fact, it's hard to count all the teams she's been on, but then she came across a hurdle. Hi my name is Lauren Redfern, and I break records. When I was 12, my dad and I competed in a 340 mile canoe race on the Missouri River. We spent over two straight days together while competing in the canoe race. With our finish, I became the youngest to ever paddle and successfully complete the MR340. We finished 18th out of 340 boats

Close By: A Teenager Introduces Her School Counselor

Today on Dayton Youth Radio, we hear from Elizabeth Gaines, a Centerville High School student, about the support she's gotten from youth counselor Ms. Myers. I'm 17, I'm a senior at Centerville High School. I'm in the Marching Band, I'm in the Color Guard, I've been doing that every single year of high school. I'm very shy, I'm very closed off, I like being alone. I like just doing things by myself. When something bad would happen to me, my brain would dwell on it. I remember I was learning how

The Path: A Teenager Talks Life, Family And Music

My name is Sethaniel Weaver. I am 16 years old and attend the Dayton Early College Academy, a millennial in the chaotic fast paced world of the twenty first century. What I see in today's society that teens are dying left to right from suicide, drugs and even murder. There are things I value in life that I believe have kept me on a path towards positive living and success. Those things that I value are: God, family, and music. I value those things because they have made me the person that I am

Alright, OK: A Teenager Recalls And Recovers From An Accident

This is Kayla Stephensen. I'm sophomore class president at Bellbrook High School. I play soccer for the school and am one of those "hard workers" that isn't super great at soccer. I mostly make up for it by sheer willpower and speed. Travis, my dad, likes to follow every wild dream he can make up. He wanted to learn the guitar at age 40, and sometimes I walk in on him jamming out. Kasen, my brother, was valedictorian last year. He comes into my room singing, dancing and playing the ukulele. My

Insert Smile Emoji: A Teenager Talks Faith And Family

Sometimes faith is as simple as sitting down and talking. Today's Dayton Youth Radio brings us the story of a father and son who did that. And then, the son Andrew Ward wrote about it. My mom kicked my dad out April 27, 2017. My father was an alcoholic for most of my life; he would come home from work and drink beer and rum until he passed out. My mother told my dad he had to complete 90 AA meetings in 90 days. He loved his family and is well respected by the community. However, he couldn't

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