Year In Review: High 5 4 Kids of 2014

Year In Review: High 5 4 Kids of 2014

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - This year, WFXG Fox 54 started a new program to recognize kids in our area for going above and beyond. We have definitely met some amazing kids this year, and we wanted to remind you of a few.

Paul Khaylon Coleman showed us what it's really like to overcome obstacles.

"Looking at him, I feel like everything is possible," Khaylon's sister, Kybria Coleman, said.

At just 7 years old, he's dealt with more than the average person.

He was born at 32 weeks, faced difficulties breathing on his own when he was first born, received open heart surgery at the age of 2, and recently had his foot amputated.

But when we met Paul, he was jumping, playing and filled with so much happiness in a life that wasn't expected to last much beyond birth.

"Anytime something happens and I'm like, 'You know what? I can't do this,' I turn and say, 'Look at my son. Look how hard he fought to be here,'" Khaylon's mom, Paula Coleman, said.

Another High 5 4 Kids nominee, Kaden Mielitz, demonstrated how to have a lasting impact on the community.

He's an 8-year-old boy with a big heart.

"I want to help people in need," Kaden said.

He raised enough money and donations to buy more than 1,500 pounds of food and donate it to The Salvation Army of Augusta.

"I saved up all my allowance this year. Part of my allowance, part of my Christmas money, and I asked for donations from all my friends," Kaden said.

And we even had a few High 5 4 Kids nominees that wanted to be just like us.

"Doing YouTube and videos and entertaining the audience has been my life," Noah Wilson said.

Noah is a McDuffie County teen with a big dream, and now he's making that dream a reality. On Sept. 5, 2014, the world was introduced to a new generation in the media: NoahPOPTV.

"The next project for NoahPOPTV is in January 2015," Noah said. "We will be having a web series that's recorded and filmed by NoahPOPTV. We actually started it and it's called the Hotspot. It's going to be something similar to Entertainment Tonight."

And we can't forget 13-year old Shayla Schubert, a girl who stepped up and took care of her siblings when her mother was nowhere to be found.

"It was cold, we had no heat," Shayla said. "The whole house was a mess. I couldn't do all of it at one time, so it was either me getting them or dealing with the house. I tried to do more, but I couldn't."

Weeks prior to Shayla's nomination, her mother, Bethany Schubert was arrested and charged with deprivation after deputies said she left her children alone in an insect-infested home without food. Being the second-oldest child of eight, Shayla had to make some sacrifices so that her brothers and sisters would be cared for.

"My mom was out doing drugs, running the streets," Shayla said. "She was acting like a teenager and like she didn't have to do anything, so I just cared for them because I love them so I started to be a big part of their life."

Week after week, they have made you smile, cry and even made you want to get out and make a difference.

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