A 4-H team of middle-schoolers who call themselves the Golden Girls took home AARP Kentucky’s Age-Friendly City Award in a statewide Future City Competition. The contest challenged students to imagine, research, design and build cities of the future.

The winning team—Madie Alderdice, Kayla Aldridge, Lexie Mathis, Jenna Shupe and Connor Thomas, all of Graves County—envisioned a city with organic gardens, preservative-free foods, a ban on toxins, registered dieticians helping residents plan healthy meals; an enjoyable fitness program; houses built with the latest technology; automated golf carts and a tubular system providing safe modes of travel; and high-tech bracelets offering brain games, health monitoring and emergency aid.

AARP volunteers judged the competition and awarded the winning team $500 to defray their travel costs to Washington, D.C., to compete in the national finals.

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