Gainesville Magazine: Generation Next

  • 15-year-old is guided to excel -- in academics, sports and in a thriving footwear business

     15 year old is guided to excel    in academics  sports and in a thriving footwear business

    When you meet Derek Akey, you’ll be greeted with a warm smile, firm handshake, and polite “hello.” You may be quick to assume that he doesn’t have much to say.

  • Sophie’s choices:

    Sophie  8217 s choices 

    Anyone who has complained that teenagers are lazy has never met Sophie Papa. The 15-year-old tennis superstar, violinist, and entrepreneur accomplishes more before 9 a.m. than many people do all day — and she still manages to squeeze in a game...

  • Practice Makes Perfect

    Practice Makes Perfect

    There's music reverberating through the walls of the home of 15­year­old Abbie Ringdahl but it's not classical music. Nor is it coming from her violin. The source? Her dad's band, “Dr. John and the Medicine Show,” is practicing rock...

  • A heart for helping others

    A heart for helping others

    Morgan Giberti is ready to lend a hand at Westwood Middle School and beyond.

  • Game, Set, Match

    Game  Set  Match

    Tennis runs in the family for siblings Ben and Emma Shelton.