EDUCATION SPOTLIGHT: Curiosity drives Frankfort Christian Academy student Natalie Warren

Posted by Carrie Beth Tigges on OP4er @ 4:41 PM

Frankfort, KY April 2017

Natalie Warren asks a lot of questions — even when she’s the one being interviewed.

“I don’t like it if I don’t know something,” said The Frankfort Christian Academy (TFCA) sophomore, who uses her many questions to learn.

Warren especially likes learning about “how people work,” by which she means both what drives an individual and society at large.

TFCA Principal Carrie Beth Tigges still remembers meeting Warren’s inquisitive shock of red hair and tortoise shell glasses at a regional science fair that she was judging four years ago. While the projects of most fifth- and sixth-graders involved a form of pyrotechnics, Warren’s was rooted in      psychology. Warren had designed an experiment to see how people respond to clothing of different colors.

“She doesn’t take things at face value,” said Tigges, who is impressed with Warren’s ability to push boundaries and grapple with concepts in her own mind.

Warren’s curiosity about people has served her especially well in the history classroom. Last month, Warren placed second at the 42nd annual statewide History Contest for high school and junior high students hosted by the History Department of Western Kentucky University.

For Warren, history has always been a frequent topic of conversation at home.

“I grew up on the History Channel — seriously,” said Warren, whose father, David Warren, is a history buff and whose grandfather Alan Warren frequently plays a Confederate soldier in Civil War re-enactments.

“He’s that Papaw,” said Warren, referring to her grandfather with a smile.

As a child, Warren was obsessed with Laura Ingalls Wilder, the American pioneer and author of the Little House on the Prairie series. (Warren’s mother, Laura, is an agronomist who used to work with farmers on issues of soil erosion.)

This summer, Warren will bring her questions on U.S. history to Ashbrook Academy’s “Telling America’s Story” weeklong summer course held at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio. The course uses the Declaration of Independence, the Gettysburg Address and Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech to answer the question “What does it mean to be an American?”

“I’m so excited about meeting other people who are genuinely excited about history,” said Warren, whose AP World History class has five students. TFCA has 44 students in its entire high school and 14 sophomores.

While Warren enjoys history — especially ancient history at the moment — she sees a career in clinical psychology as perhaps the more practical way to satisfy her urge to know more about people. She hasn’t yet decided what she will study in college. 

“I had a night last week where I said, ‘Ok, you’re writing a pros and cons list for each degree at the schools you want to go to,’” said Warren. “I have so many fields I want to go into.”

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