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Young Achiever: Rory Dougherty

Rory Dougherty, 12, of Carnegie will lead a series of origami workshops this winter at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall in Carnegie.

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Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, 9:01 p.m.

Rory Dougherty

Age: 12

Residence: Carnegie

Family: Parents, JoLynne and Tom Dougherty; sister, Mary, 9; and brother, Stuart, 14

School: Seventh-grader, Carlynton Junior-Senior High School

Activities: Rory plays the French horn and has earned a black belt in Taekwondo. He holds the tenderfoot rank in Boy Scout Troop 42 in Green Tree.

Noteworthy: Rory suggested and will lead a series of free origami workshops starting Saturday at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall, 300 Beechwood Ave., Carnegie. The weekly sessions, called “Folding with Friends,” will run four consecutive Saturdays, each beginning at 11 a.m. and lasting about 45 minutes. Rory offered the idea when his mother, a coordinator at the library, was considering programs to get through the winter doldrums. Participants will learn how to make origami sumo wrestlers and turtles, among other figures. No pre-registration is necessary for the program, recommended for children age 5 and older. Younger participants should have an adult assistant.

Background: Encouraged by his mother and grandmother, Rory began exploring origami about four years ago. He enjoys the challenge of the Japanese paper-folding art and occasionally makes “money-gami” by turning dollar bills into paper bowties.

Quote: “It's fun to pass time” and to give the end product to friends and others, he said. “I enjoy doing it, making different things, putting them on display and saying, ‘I made that.' ”

— Adam Smeltz



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