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NOV 2016

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54 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 11.16 NATALIE KOCH 12, seventh grade, St. Francis School Natalie's two loves: hiking and performing. She has visited every state and 56 (of 59) National Parks, a number larger than most park rangers. This summer, she performed at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops and participated in Camp Broadway. She's currently working on her 17th local production, Anne Frank and Me, about a girl who travels back in time to experience the Holocaust. How did you get interested in hiking? "I love to hike because it's just a great way to explore the great outdoors, and I love to do it with my family. I haven't gone to all of the National Parks, but maybe one day. I always loved the great outdoors, and I started going to National Parks when I was five." What's your favorite National Park? "I enjoyed going to all of them because you always learn something new at each of them. At Grand Teton, that was great for me because it was the middle of summer and we got to climb the mountain in snow. It's in Wyoming." What do you want to do for a career? "I have a broad selection: National Park ranger, singer, performer — so musical theater or just actress — and then I have artist. Then I have stay-at-home mom. They're just all there for me." NUSAYBAH ESTES 17, senior, Walden School With over 540 hours of community service, Nusaybah has truly earned the Walden's Outstanding Service Award three times. Along with peer tutoring and helping with various Islamic organizations in Louisville, Nusaybah organized a blanket drive, through which she helped collect over 55,000 items to send to refugees in Turkey. Tell me about the bioimaging you did at U of L. "I was helping out with one of the researchers in the lab. They're studying autism, so I basically helped with MRI scans and helped clean out images so that they can use them for research." What do you do as president of the environmental club? "As a president, I basically just make sure we do the recycling on time and make sure all the members are here. I lead a couple of advocacy things, so we talk about the environment at school, especially during Earth Day." Where are you applying for college? "Johns Hopkins, University of Michigan and Virginia Tech. I think I want to go into environmental engineering. It's the study of sustainable development and clean water systems." Do you have a favorite class? "I really enjoyed my calculus class last year. I don't know, I thought it was very straightforward. You can look at a problem and puzzle it together."

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