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Izaak Hayes

Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Book(s): To Kill A Mockingbird
Favorite Movie(s): Brazil
Favorite Food: Shrimp

Stories by Izaak

Franklin Central High School recycling club
Teens are committed to recycling
By Izaak Hayes, 18, Victoria Kreyden, 14, David Glass, 18
Because of the recession, adults have become less concerned about the environment, according to nationwide polls by Gallup and the Pew Research Center earlier this year. Thankfully, kids across the country are taking up the slack.
Young political activist: Lebanon, Ind.
By Izaak Hayes, 17
Zach Ammerman has always enjoyed politics. Now, after working on Hillary Clinton's campaign, he hopes to make a career out of it.
Jack Boeglin, 19 of Carmel Indiana
Young political activist: Carmel, Ind.
By Izaak Hayes, 17
Jack Boeglin has been following Barack Obama since his speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2004. After doing some research, he decided to start a chapter of Students For Barack Obama at his high school.
Teens examine theories on peace
By Izaak Hayes, 15, Robin Wetherill, 16, Rachel Troy, 16, Zoe Hayes, 17
Defense strategist and author Thomas P.M. Barnett has a plan that he says will abolish global terrorism and lead the way to Middle East peace. It starts with becoming allies with Iran and making China and India happy. But we're getting ahead of ourselves. Barnett has spent much of his career as a strategic planner dealing with national security issues. He has served as a strategic researcher and p
College costs challenge students to be resourceful
By Izaak Hayes, 15, Meher Ahmad, 14
C ollege is a dream that many people have for themselves and for their children. But how does that dream translate into reality? With the rising costs of higher education, the college application process can cause many sleepless nights for students and their families. Peter Carey, a North Central High School graduate, thought he was lucky -- his parents had started a trust fund for him when he was
Photog empowers kids with cameras
By Izaak Hayes, 15, Ali Rader, 16
When you skip a rock across a lake, the rock creates small ripples each time it hits the water. The rock gets the ripples started, but each ripple that is spawned goes farther from the original point of impact than the one before it. For the past 30 years, photographer Wendy Ewald has had a similar effect on children. She has encouraged children's creativity all over the world by using photography
Family is at the center of Latino culture
By Izaak Hayes, 15, Elisabeth Randall, 16
L atino culture is more than tacos, pinatas and Ricky Martin. Western culture may have popularized these items, but they are not the essence of what it is to be Latino. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 40,459,196 people identified themselves as Hispanic or Latino in 2004, 5 million more than in 2000. But what does it mean to be Latino? To find out, Y-Press talked with two groups of young peopl
Looking for a lasting peace before returning
By Izaak Hayes, 14
When the genocide ended in July 1994 and the government's change of power began to take place, Paul Rusesabagina was exiled to Belgium with his family. He has returned only once -- on the 10th anniversary of the genocide. Rusesabagina explained that if there is ever peace in Rwanda, he would be the first to return. However, for there to be lasting peace, the world must value Rwanda as well as all
Young alcoholics offer advice
By Izaak Hayes, 14, Peter DePaolo, 15
B arney Gumble, a regular character on the TV series "The Simpsons," is a stereotypical portrait of an alcoholic: middle-aged, obese, disheveled -- and drunk most of the time. But as a child, Barney had a bright future. Intelligent and studious, he was on track to attend a prestigious college until he met Homer Simpson, who introduced him to cigarettes and alcohol. Barney's fictional situation is
Foreign-born students adjust to bilingual life
By Izaak Hayes, 14, Paige Thomas, 14, Gracie Shockley, 16
Many people visiting a foreign country have experienced the discomfort of adjusting to a new culture, religion and especially a new language. For them, such adjustments are temporary. But for the many immigrants who come to the United States each year, it can be a lifelong process. Katia, 10, Edgar, 12, and Giovanni Quebrado, 14, were born in Mexico and have been in the United States about nine ye
Embryonic stem cell use poses dilemma
By Izaak Hayes, 13, Michelle Foisy, 17, Collin LaMothe, 14
Should you destroy a life to save a life? That question is facing many scientists in the lab today. Youths are also talking about this issue. At School 91, 5111 Evanston Ave., middle-school students presented reports on the pros and cons of embryonic stem cell research. Embryonic stem cells are highly prized by researchers because they have the potential to develop into cells for almost any organ
Key Club spreads cheer to children
By Joi Officer, 12, Izaak Hayes, 16
W hen a Wal-Mart cashier was little and facing a bleak Christmas, she was thrilled to receive presents from a "secret" Santa, and the memory still makes her happy. She told Ben Davis High School students that story as they purchased presents for low-income children in their community, helping them see firsthand how their generosity and goodwill lives on, even after the holidays. For the past nine
Tough choices face teens as they stand on the threshold of adulthood
By Ariana Gainer, 12, Izaak Hayes, 16
A graduation party at the Zionsville home of former Colt quarterback Jack Trudeau ignited a debate over the role parents should play in their childrens' celebrations. Two young people offer their views. Be adamant, and be honest, Ariana Gainer and Izaak Hayes say.
Kidnapped from farm field
By Izaak Hayes, 16
Twelve-year-old Christopher Okello, his brother and father were working in the family’s small field, tending crops of green vegetables, maize and cassava, outside a displacement camp in Northern Uganda. They had no idea the rebels were near and had no time to escape or defend themselves.
Student club holds the 'Key' to service
By Jordan Gaither, 15, Izaak Hayes, 15, Keshia Smith, 16
Every other Friday during the school year, Ben Davis High School Key Club students have a sure way to get support for their club's community service projects: They appeal to the stomach. The club's doughnut sale draws hordes of students within minutes of opening. The group pulls in $100 every time, which adds up to $1,800 a year.
Youthful troupe develops talents
By Izaak Hayes, 15, Katie Stergar, 15
A lot of Hoosier kids might think they have to go to California or New York to get any real experience in acting, singing or dancing on stage. But that wasn't the case for Emmy-nominated dancer and choreographer Jeffrey Page, playwright Chrishuanna Johnson and movie actor Mario Locke. All three can trace their entertainment careers back to shared roots at Asante Children's Theatre of Indianapolis.
Warren Watson and Jackie Bowie Suess
What's law got to do with it?
By Milan Patel, 17, Izaak Hayes, 16
The Bill of Rights and the Constitution outline the rights that U.S. citizens have and how those rights are protected. But do all of those rights apply equally to youth? In a society where children are unable to vote for who runs the country, and where young voices are undervalued in the political discourse, what rights do we have, and how are they protected?
Autism becomes a part of daily life in families
By , 36, Izaak Hayes, 16
Siblings, especially twins, have a unique relationship with one another that can include bickering, jealousy and a close bond. But for Ellie DeShone, 17, there is something that she does not share with her twin brother -- his disorder. Paul has autism, a particularly severe form that stalls his development. He doesn't speak and has only been toilet-trained in recent years.