Cool Kids

Meet 10 area kids doing extraordinary things

Kids around here have game — whether on the court, in the research lab, or out in the community volunteering, our area has some pretty awesome students doing spectacular things. We got the inside information from schools in Evansville and Newburgh, Indiana, asking them to give up some of their most outstanding, talented, unique, cool, fun, aspiring, and inspiring kids. Narrowed down to 10, check out these cool kids who have a knack for standing out.

Deven Lockett

Parents: Frances and Al Lockett
Junior, Castle High School, Newburgh, Indiana
Ballet dancer, Children’s Center for Dance Education

Deven Lockett has an ability to defy gravity. On the dance floor at the Children’s Center for Dance Education, she takes a few well-timed steps before leaping into the air, making the ballet move look exceptionally easy.

“When I was younger, my mom signed me up for a camp over the summer, but it was just tap and jazz stuff,” says the 17-year-old Castle High School student. “But I told her I wanted to do real ballet, so she found the CCDE and I’ve been here ever since.”

Lockett was 4 years old when she took her first ballet class, and though she doesn’t remember much of those first years, she does remember the older students who would help with classes. Now, she finds herself following their footsteps.

“I remember watching them and just wanting to be them. I thought they were amazing dancers and people,” says Lockett. “Now I get to step into their shoes and be that role model for younger dancers.”

Being in the position is not lost on Lockett — in fact, she takes pride in being able to show children of all backgrounds they, too, can be dancers and achieve great things. In March, she represented the CCDE at the Youth America Grand Prix international ballet competition, and in July, she will perform in the NAACP’s ACT-SO competition.

“It’s exciting to be a part of the new wave of dancers and to be able to be someone people can look up to,” she says. “I get to look up to [current ballerinas] Michaela DePrince, Misty Copeland, and [former dancer] Raven Wilkerson. They have all paved the road, and it’s exciting to help people have someone to look up to.”


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