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University of Pikeville student Mackenzie Fraley, of Inez, is among four young feminist artists across Kentucky who earned Kentucky Foundation for Women’s 2018 Firestarter Award. The Firestarter Award is bestowed upon leaders who are making an impact in their communities through theatre, music, visual installations, and literary publishing. Fraley, a theatre minor at UPIKE, has sought roles that focus on female empowerment in her work with UPIKE Theatre and Jenny Wiley Theatre. The 20-year-old’s art has addressed such topics as strong willpower of women, mental health, and early feminists. Amanda Jo Slone, assistant professor of English at UPIKE, nominated Fraley for advancing women and girls and empowering future generations through her theatre work. Slone said Fraley strives to be a light to others in the field.