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NOV 2018

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LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 11.18 63 Tell us more about FFA. "Although there's a 'farmer' in there, that doesn't mean it's 'farmer.' It's an organization that puts together a lot of kids that like animals, plants, flowers. But it's more like a leader- ship thing. "We lead workshops. Our theme this year is Rise Up. Basically, we want kids to push out of their comfort zones, to do something different. I remember when I was a freshman — I'm not from here, I'm from Taiwan — and didn't talk very often. I didn't make friends. I had my good grades, but I was like that kid in the back row of the class- room that was quiet and didn't ask questions. But junior year was really my year. All those teachers and my friends pushed me further out of my comfort zone. Now there's no limit to it." What was the hardest part about learning English? "I was scared. I have an accent. I was scared of ste- reotypes. In Taiwan, you fantasize America. It's like, wow, Hollywood. Those high schools in movies. Sometimes they stereotype foreign- ers. It was super-scary. It was tough, me raising my hand, speaking in front of everyone. I think that's why I joined those clubs. Public speaking, having to talk to people." Hung Wei Yu Age 18, 12th grade, Seneca High Hung Wei loves to push the boundaries of his comfort zone and has found himself in a lot of leadership positions because of it. He's the Seneca Future Farmers of America vice president and the regional FFA historian. He came to the U.S. from Taiwan three years ago and learned to speak English in one year. Ava Dillow Age 17, 12th grade, J. Graham Brown Ava started playing on the boys' varsity golf team at Brown when she was in sixth grade. Since then, she has been the PGA Kentucky Junior Tour Player of the Year twice and has twice won the Women's Club Championship at the Wildwood Country Club. How'd your love of golf begin? "I first won (a golf club tournament) at the age of 2. My grandfather lived on a golf course. Every time I'd go visit him, we'd play. Every moment I played with him, now I cherish." Anything you do before a tour- nament to prep? "I don't listen to music. It's really distracting. I just take deep breaths and remember I can do this. I've done it before and I can do it again." What else are you into? "This summer I got to go the Gover- nor's School for Entrepreneurs and learned how to start my own business. One thing they really stressed to us is to be OK to fail. My group and I created a backpack with lumbar support, so it helps with your mechanical back pain — like, caused by heavy books."

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