Big Brothers Big Sisters: Dynamic teenager with a tough college choice

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by Doug Proffitt

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 1, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Sixteen-year-old Aaron Payne, a Seneca High School student, easily navigates a game of Scrabble with his Big Brother of one year: Army veteran Terrence Noel, now with Indiana Wesleyan.

Aaron is sharp, a part of the Whitney Scholars Program, a gifted student.

So I had to ask, how many classes are you doing well in?

“Mainly all of them,” he said.

Terrence left the military in 2007, and that's why he and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana were glad to see John Yarmuth at our interview.

For the second year in a row, Yarmuth has secured a $122,500 federal grant aimed at helping the organization match young people who are in military families.
    
Aaron said his biggest influence next to Terrence is his mom.

Scrabble may be easy for him, but as I found out, choosing colleges may be his hardest upcoming test.
UofL, Northern Kentucky or UK. Even though as UofL fan, I can’t stand Kentucky,” Aaron said.

Get used to compromising a little in life Aaron!
 

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