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Teen has a strong will to win

Golf is a game Doss is perfectly suited for, it seems. Her grandfather got Doss her first real set of clubs when she was only 6, and she's been playing ever since.

"I just love how difficult it is," Doss said. "You never know what's going to happen, which is the good and bad part about it. It's so unpredictable at times, and you really have to be committed to it and focused. I see myself as a very driven person, and I'm way too stubborn to quit. It's very frustrating at times, but once I knew I had a chance to be pretty good if I worked at, that's what I kept doing."

Doss, daughter of Lori and Greg Doss, is the Paducah Bank Teen of the Week. Each Monday, The Sun features a different teen selected from nominees submitted by school counselors across western Kentucky and southern Illinois. This spring, a Teen of the Year will be chosen from the weekly winners. The Teen of the Year will receive a $2,500 scholarship.

Doss brings that same determination to everything she does. When she's not studying for her mountain of Advanced Placement classes or improving her golf game - she practices for hours every day, without fail - she's devoting hours volunteering in the community through the National Honor Society and Beta Club or serving her school through Student Council.

She participated in Mock Trial for her first two years of high school, thinking she might like to be a lawyer, but through that experience decided against a legal career path. Instead, she's decided to pursue a degree in industrial and systems engineering.

Math and science have always been her strongest subjects, Doss said, and the more she looked into what the engineering field had to offer, the more she fell in love with the idea.

Though Doss feels ready and excited to go away to school, she said she can definitely see herself coming back to Paducah in the future. Through school and through her volunteer work, from coaching the goSoccer team at the Sports Plex to helping out with the Empty Bowls Project, she's gotten attached to her hometown.

"Once you are connected to the community, it's harder to leave," she said. "If there is a way that I could work somewhere around here after school, I could definitely see myself coming back. This is home."

Wherever Doss ends up, she wants to make her family proud.

"My family, all of them are inspiring to me, and they've always pushed me to be a better person," she said. "They've always supported me in all that I've done. And I do it for them."

Contact Genevieve Postlethwait, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8651.

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