First District State Rep. Steven Rudy is shown here with Ballard County Middle School students (clockwise from left) Georgia Dunning, Lauren Ford, Zoe Wilson and Nathan Fithen at a meeting on Dec. 5. The students are part of the Young Leaders in Action group looking at issues in the local community and deciding how they can help solve it. They were discussing possible solutions for a community issue and getting advice from Rep. Rudy on what next steps might look like for them. The group will announce what their project is in the weeks to come. Funding for YLIA comes from a grant from West Kentucky Educational Cooperative that also funds the Leader In Me project at BCMS. The curriculum for YLIA is called Project Citizen.