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Josh Pruitt leans on a gate and watches his pet sheep, Legs, graze outside his pen behind the family home. Normally Pruitt sells the sheep he shows at the end of the year, but " Legs was on my Christmas list" so he stayed at the Pruitt home as a family pet.

Josh Pruitt

story by Aaron Bernstein

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Josh Pruitt, second from left, socializes with fellow Kentucky Farm Bureau Outstanding Youth participant Alex Pogue, while Leigha Phelps and Cody Brown talk before delivering their speeches. Pruitt is an admitted overachiever as president of Kentucky 4-H and a top student at his school. "My ultimate goal would be U.S. senator," said Pruitt of Madisonville. "President...I don't know. If I was I would be the first one from Kentucky since Illinois is trying to steal Abe Lincoln from us."

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Josh Pruitt and his father Byron (R) joke with a friend about the upcoming World Series during a pancake dinner at the Madisonville Lions Club.

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Josh Pruitt, a 17 year old senior at Madisonville North Hopkins High School, is president of Kentucky 4-H in addition to being active in Future Farmers of America, Kentucky Farm Bureau and the Pennyrile Church of Christ.

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Josh Pruitt (c) hurries to church with his father, Byron and mother, Brenda, early Sunday morning. Josh participates in a teen bible group and teaches a bible class to 3 and 4 year olds at the Pennyrile Church of Christ in Madisonville.

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Riding home from a pancake dinner at the Lions Club in Madisonville, Josh gazes out at farm land near his home. Although he participates in many agricultural organizations now, he intends to study pharmacy in college because he realizes it is hard to rely on farming for a living.

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Cars wait for a freight train to pass on West Center street in downtown Madisonville late Saturday night.

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The Givens Book Exchange sits darkened on West Center street in Madisonville.

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A metal gate casts a shadow late Friday night on west Center street.

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A storefront sits empty late Friday on West Center street late Friday night.

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Graffiti reading "know thyself" is scrawled on the wall of a garage located off of Center street in downtown Madisonville. The garage is used by the residents of apartments in the surrounding area.