Louisville Magazine

NOV 2018

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LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 11.18 65 Tell us more about your time as a page. "I got to do a lot on the Sen- ate floor, which was so cool. I got to be around a lot of influential people who are going through a lot of crazy stuff right now. I got to see Trump's first State of the Union address. A joint session of Congress being spoken to by (French) President Emmanuel Macron. (Democratic) Senator (Tammy) Duckworth (of Illinois) bringing her baby on the Senate floor, which broke tradition. When (Republican) Senator (Rand) Paul from Kentucky filibustered against the budget bill, we were there all night. That was really tiring, because I had to get up for school at six in the morning." Do you want to continue down this political path? "I'm looking at being a doctor or serving in the military. As for political stuff, maybe on down the road I might consider running for the House or Senate, federally. I think it's important to get involved in our government." Who's someone who inspires you? "Actually, (Republican) Senator (Joni) Ernst from Iowa was really influential. She was really kind, and she was a confident woman. Whenever she walked on the floor, you could see she was ready to go to work and wasn't intimidated by anyone." What's your favorite book? "Prob- ably The Book Thief. I read it when I was in eighth grade. I love the narration by death. I'm really inter- ested in the World War II era. Liesel Meminger, the female protagonist, is a very confident young lady. Her family did such a great thing during the war — sheltering a Jewish person when they didn't need to." Claire Curtis Age 17, 12th grade, Presentation Academy Last year, as one of 30 pages in the United States Senate, Claire witnessed many historic moments. She worked under Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell. At her school, Claire is a part of the Kentucky Youth Assembly and Kentucky United Nations Assembly. She helped start the school's Future Problem Solving Team. Tell us about the sign language club. "Well, me and my sister are both hearing-impaired and (my fam- ily) adopted my brother, Graham, who's deaf, from China. We started the signing club at my school when I was in seventh grade. We started with, like, four people. Over the last five years, we've expanded it and over 170 students who have been involved. We teach conversational sign language and how to use sign language to worship God. We do outreach with it and go to different churches to spread awareness." What else do you like to do? "Theater. I'm in Charlotte's Web. I'm Charlotte." What's her character like? "She's very motherly, but also matter-of- fact. She's like the hero of the story, because she ends up saving Wilbur. So that's cool." What do you want to be when you grow up? "I want to be a pharma- ceutical scientist. Researching medicine and working in a lab to see what works and what doesn't. I also want to play in a string quartet with my sisters, because they play violin. And my younger sister is going to learn viola. So we're going to make a string quartet when we all grow up." Elise Major Age 17, 12th grade, Christian Academy of Louisville After being born with hearing loss and enduring years of speech therapy and special education beginning at three months old, Elise started her own sign language club. She recently won her school's concerto competition on cello, and was a runner-up on the piano. Her ukulele case is covered with buttons: unicorns, emojis, Harry Potter and characters from the movie Inside Out.

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