Notable Teens

Meet our 2015 Notable Teens, and discover three young people who are chasing their dreams and building their futures. Be inspired by Samantha, Ben and Sabrina!
 

Samantha Childers: Service in Harmony
Longtime Girl Scout Samantha Childers
brings music to children at The Carying Place

Spend a bit of time with vocalist and pianist Samantha Childers of Cary, and you’ll discover the two words most important to her: music and opportunity.

“I’m learning that the opportunities you’re given impact the way your life plays out,” said Samantha, 19, a rising sophomore at Elon University and aspiring high school choir teacher. “I’ve had my feet in so many pools — swimming, soccer, piano lessons, singing — and…

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Ben Whipker: TechTrouble-Shooter
Ben Whipker uses his engineering know-how to solve problems and build machines for the digital age

Ben Whipker goes looking for trouble.

And in his high-tech world, he usually finds it.

“Hands-on and lots of problem-solving; I have to have that to be happy,” Ben said.

Newly 19, he’s grown from a kid who modified the inner workings of his Nerf guns for better performance…

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Sabrina Smith: Whirled Traveler
Baton twirler Sabrina Smith has traveled the world
competing and spreading good will

Sabrina Smith is a globe-trotting elite athlete. She’s performed on three continents. She’s competed for international titles, as an individual and on a team.

But don’t look for her sport in the Olympics, at least not yet, because Sabrina is a baton twirler.

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Notable Teens

Last school year, four local high school seniors focused their sights on helping others and giving back to the communities that supported them.

While most are leaving Western Wake to attend college this year, the stories they leave behind can inspire us all.

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Notable Teens

As part of our annual education section, Cary Magazine spoke with local teens who are accomplishing great things.

The accomplishments include a recent Ravenscroft graduate who started a charity organization to help fellow North Carolinians, three Cary Academy students who are registered app developers, and a team of Cary High School students who competed in the Carolinas ProStart Invitational.

 

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