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Top Teen--Hayden Cardiff

Hayden Cardiff is this week's WTOC Top Teen. Hayden Cardiff is this week's WTOC Top Teen.

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Whether he's on the basketball court or in the classroom, there's no doubt Hayden Cardiff is a leader among his peers. It's something, his AP History teacher, Sue Walea noticed immediately. "The peers in his class definitely respect him," she said. "On the playing field, his leadership ability is just so evident, that he is looked up to."

Hayden is a senior and an honor student at Savannah Christian Preparatory Academy. He plays three different sports, loves to sing, act and play the piano. He also tutors after school and is an active member in his church.

He believes it's his connection to the people around him that makes him stand out. "I really want to set a good example for the people around me," Hayden explained. "I like to be different. Hopefully, different in a positive way."

He credits his leadership skills to being a boy scout for ten years. Skills he will take with him next fall when he will leave on a two year church mission trip. His destination is unknown. But it's during that journey that Hayden hopes he makes the most impact on the people he meets. "That's going to be a life changing experience. To go out and give people the good word of Jesus Christ. I'm really looking forward to that," he smiled.

And his teachers and fellow students have no doubt he will succeed. For all his achievements, in and out of school, Hayden Cardiff is this week's WTOC Top Teen.

Reported by: Melanie A. Ruberti, mruberti@wtoc.com

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