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LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 11.16 57 TRYPHENA SITHU 16, junior, Brown School "I've loved art ever since I can remember," says Tryphena, who has transitioned from finger-painting on walls to award-winning realistic drawings of violins. Now she's focusing on stop-motion films. She won an honorable mention at the White House Film Festival, first place in a contest by Open Source High and was a semifinalist in the Khan Academy Junior Breakout Challenge, which she's entering again this year. How's your Khan Challenge project coming along? "It's due in a couple of days. This year's project is about DNA methylation. It's a process of how environmental factors and stress — exposure to different chemicals like tobacco smoke and cigarettes — can affect how certain proteins in your cells and your DNA act. They add these methyl-groups or ceta- groups to certain genes, which switches them on or off. It influences gene expressions without actually changing the code of the DNA, but switching them on or off in a different way." What do you want to do as a career? "I want to keep art. Maybe major in biology. Still trying to figure out what I'm going to do. Maybe a pediatrician." Any other hobbies? "I've been playing the violin since I was six or seven. My mom plays the violin, or she did. She went to the Trinity College of London. I've kind of got the music gene. I do accompaniment for my school recitals on piano. I'm in the Louisville Youth Orchestra, playing the violin. I just started this year. At school, I'm first chair." BRIANNA HORAN 13, eighth grade, St. Michael School Brianna performs with eight different dance groups in various styles, including ballet, jazz and tap. Last year, she participated in Duke University's Talent Identification Program, for which she took the ACT. Can you tell me about your performance in The Nutcracker? "At Sacred Heart, I was a general. At Louisville Ballet, I was a soldier. The soldier was at the end of Act I. We got to dance with the Louisville Ballet people. They were the rats and we were the soldiers, so we got to interact with them and fight with them in the scene." Do you know what you want to do as a career? "A pediatric physical therapist, because I want to work with kids. I love kids. I know a lot of people that are dancers become physical therapists, because they kind of know about muscles."