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LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 11.16 53 CHRISTIAN STINSON 14, freshman, DeSales High School Christian has earned his student driver's license — to fly hot-air balloons. Following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, Christian has logged more than 150 hours of flight time. When he's not in the air, he builds his own balloons from garbage bags and duct tape. How did you get started flying hot-air balloons? "I was basically born into ballooning because my dad, he's a pilot. My uncle's also a pilot. I just grew up with my dad and flying. On my 14th birthday I got a student license. My dad's been training me." How do you design a balloon? "The way you sew them is in panels. There's a certain shape to each panel to where, if you put 24 of the panels together, you put the shape of the balloon together. I made a camera before and other shapes like squares. The most complicated one looks like a triangle with a point at the top." Are there any ballooning competitions? "There are huge competitions for ballooning. There's actually a couple of pilots from Louisville who have won the U.S. Nationals and the World Championship. That's what my goal is, to try to win the World Championship." EVA BORDERS 16, junior, St. Francis School Eva is at the top of her game in tennis. In her age bracket, she's No. 1 in Kentucky and No. 27 in the entire Southern region. In addition to tennis, she has also exhibited a dress made from book pages at a Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft fashion show. Tell me about the dress you designed. "In art class we were given an assignment to make something out of an encyclopedia. So I decided to make a dress. My teacher heard about this opportunity at KMAC. If you got in, your dress would be in a fashion show. We entered it and it got in. It wasn't a competition. It was just a runway." Who's your favorite tennis player? "For the girls, I like Serena Williams or Ana Ivanovic." Do you have a favorite subject? "I really like math, but I really liked doing the art because it was good break from tennis and academics. It was more of a relaxing thing."