PhotoJ pic of the day!

nature-final-picPhotographer Wyatt Iseman: “I took this picture at the bridge in Swanson Park. This picture is a great example of the composition guideline Bird’s Eye View. The picture also perfectly portrays the environment it was taken in. As you look down at the frozen river you can feel the chill of January creep down your neck. The dark exposure shows the cloudy day on which I snapped this photo. I also enjoy the photo because the neutral colors of my shoes and the rustic look of the bridge blend well.”

PhotoJ pic of the day!

final-for-webNathan Lies discusses his nature picture: “This photo is taken in a neighborhood at the corner of Central and Tyler. I like this photo because all the colors are muted except for the vibrant blue of the frozen creek. The S-curve of the water adds elegance to the creek, which if taken from another angle, would have been a boring photo. The picture was taken at dusk, which allowed for the unique reflections off the ice, which adds visual interest.”

PhotoJ pic of the day!

final-for-webMaria Le discusses her picture for Photojournalism’s Nature Assignment: “I took this picture that Sim Park. My older sister, Catherine, was driving and I noticee a whole bunch of geese in one area. I saw six geese flying over. I captured a picture of them right when they were about to land. I like this picture because it captures the bird’s motions and movements. I also like this picture because the birds are in an even number and it balances the picture.”

PhotoJ pic of the day!

final-for-webCaroline Childs discusses her picture for the Nature Assignment in Photojournalism class: “This is a picture of the sunset at my house in Colwich. I originally took photos of the trees during the day, but when I saw the sun setting I realized how much better the photos looked that way. It is my favorite because of the amazing colors. I love the silhouette look of the trees against the sunset. The photo is simple, but I think it still tells a story of a beautiful night in the country.”

 

Saved Through Faith

This is a post from the faith blog by Junior Grace Kelly. Look for a new post every week on bcflyer.net for her perspective on our faith and the role faith plays in our lives.

Life can change in the blink of an eye. One moment it may seem that your world couldn’t get any better and, in an instant, it can come crashing down. As Christians, we can find hope in knowing that while our lives are a story that is continuously being written, Our Savior is THE constant variable in our lives.

I think it’s safe to say I’ve grown up in a good Christian household. As great as my religious upbringing has been, it’s easy to say I’ve been confused at times, seeing as how my father is Protestant and my mother is Catholic. It all started when my parents met in college. After my parents had been dating for a while, my dad agreed to raise any future kids as Catholics, and they married in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University Of Notre Dame. After they got married, my parents moved here and bought a house in the Maize school district while my mom finished graduate school at Wichita State. Five years later, on the greatest day of their lives, I was born on Sept. 11, 1997.

I grew up attending schools in the Maize district, beginning at Vermillion Primary for kindergarten and first, Maize Central for second through fifth grades, and Maize South Middle for sixth grade. After I finished sixth grade, my parents decided that Maize South didn’t meet the expectations they had for my education and sent me to St. Mark’s School for seventh and eighth grade after seeing statistics claiming to have the best standardized testing scores for area middle schools.

The beginning of that year was hard for me, due to the fact I didn’t have a single friend. I began talking to a girl I had apparently gone to preschool with and who I had also played soccer with and we became best friends. She introduced me to her friends and the rest of middle school was great for me from that point on.

Middle school came to an end and all but two members of the eighth grade class of 2012 went to Andale High School, where I spent my freshman year. I stayed friends with the girls I had met at St. Mark’s and made plenty of new friends as well. I was a straight-A student and made honor roll both semesters at AHS, but I wasn’t challenged and often found that I didn’t have homework or that it was so easy it bored me. During the winter break, I presented my case to my parents and began the process of applying to Bishop Carroll for my sophomore year. I officially found out in the summer that I had been accepted for my sophomore and future years of high school.

While I couldn’t be happier of where I am now, I used to be bothered by constantly moving schools and the uncertainty of my future that came with it. Just like whenever I feel upset, I found comfort in my music, especially that of my favorite Christian artist, Francesca Battistelli.

“Constant,” one of Francesca Battistelli’s songs directly addresses the uncertainty of life. The lyrics read, “I’m just a little bit afraid of where I’m going, and it feels like a hurricane is blowing over… You’re my constant in every moment, constant, You’ve never failed me all my life, You have never left my side You are my constant.” These lyrics made me realize that moving schools is a part of God’s plan for me and that it always has been.

Philippians 4:6-7 reads, “Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Everything happens for a reason and what keeps me going during hard times is knowing that God is my “constant in every moment.”

Listen to Francesca Battistelli’s song “Constant” by clicking on the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBUn-2Ifso0

Saved Through Faith

This is a post from the faith blog by Junior Grace Kelly. Look for a new post every Friday on bcflyer.net for her perspective on our faith and the role faith plays in our lives.

I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. Every person goes through their fair share of hardships in their everyday lives, but it’s how we handle these events that define who we are as people and express our faith in God and His greater plan.

I am the oldest of three kids, with two younger brothers, Matthew and Daniel. Daniel and I are fortunate enough to have been blessed with exceptional health, but Matthew is not as lucky. At the age of 7, when he was in first grade at Maize Central Elementary, he began experiencing health issues. I am a bit hazy on the details as I was only 10, but I recall him having issues breathing. A short time later, Matthew was hospitalized and diagnosed with pneumonia. At that point, his lungs were almost closed off completely. After a two week hospitalization, he came home and was later diagnosed with asthma and a Kansas 40 test revealed he was allergic to 39 out of 40 plants in the state. Over the years, his allergies have worsened and now include all plants in the state and anything with hair, fur, or feathers, including his own hair.

At the time, I couldn’t comprehend the severity of the situation which my brother and parents were in. When I first visited my brother in the hospital and was told by my parents that he might die, I broke down into tears, as any kid of that age normally would at the mentioning of death. I immediately began praying to God, begging him let my brother live, promising to be a better big sister, play with him more, et cetera… anything to convince God to let Matthew stay with us.

God answered my family’s prayers and Matthew –although still asthmatic, allergic to the state of Kansas, and suffering from pneumonia three more times in the following years– is now an eighth grader at St. Mark’s who loves football, lacrosse, video games, his family, and his faith. He receives weekly shots to prevent allergic reactions and takes multiple medications daily to help with both his allergies and asthma.

This is one of the most prominent examples in my life that God puts us through times of trial to test the strength of our faith. These trials better define us as followers of Christ and through the hardships we face, our faith can often be strengthened.

The Bible addresses faith by saying, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, on your own intelligence do not rely; in all your ways be mindful of Him, and He will make straight your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6) and “Every word of God is tested; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.” (Proverbs 30:5)

One of my favorite movies is the 2006 Christian drama “Facing the Giants”. The movie focuses on the hardships a high school football coach faces in his career with a struggling team, troubles in his personal life, and his faith in general. The film’s message can be summed up by a Casting Crowns song featured on the soundtrack called “Voice of Truth.”

The chorus reads, But the voice of truth tells me a different story. The voice of truth says, “Do not be afraid!” And the voice of truth says, “This is for My glory;” Out of all the voices calling out to me, I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth.

Even when events in our life don’t turn out as we might have hoped, there is always comfort knowing that God has a reason for everything that happens to us. We need only listen and the Voice of Truth will speak and give us comfort when we need it most.

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The photo above is of Matthew at the age of 7 when he was initially hospitalized with pneumonia.

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This photo is from this past summer when my family drove me up to Notre Dame for the summer program I was a part of. Daniel (left) is now 11 and Matthew (right) is now 14.

 

Goolsby, Quaney: Salina South is tough challenge

By Brett Cass, Flyer sports writer

The football team loaded up in packed buses after first lunch to go meet Salina South tonight in the Class 5Asemifinals.

The two teams have built up a pretty strong postseason rivalry. This is the fourth postseason that Carroll and Salina South have played each other in the postseason, and the Golden Eagles are ready for revenge after Salina South ended its 23-game winning streak last year. Leading the offense for Bishop Carroll is running back and K-State commi Denzel Goolsby and quarterback Colton Howell. Goolsby has 1,349 rushing yards this season and 29 touchdowns, and Howell has 1,299 passing yards and 15 touchdowns. Howell also has 16 rushing touchdowns. Salina South is led by quarterback Dalton Wassenburg, who has 1,846 passing yards with 25 touchdowns and has 11 rushing touchdowns.

Both defenses are very physical. Carroll is led by Hank Honus with 27 tackles for a loss and Mark Quaney with 40 tackles and three interceptions. Before the team hit the road, Quaney and Goolsby gave their thoughts on the game that will decide who plays in the state title game.

“Defensively they are very physical, so we have been working to be more physical all week,” said Goolsby. “The line is going to have to put a body on a body, and our offense is going to have to attack the defense early.”

Added Quaney, “Their quarterback has a good arm and he can really chuck the ball far. Also, he had around 100 yards rushing last week. As a defense we will have to focus to beat the running and the passing game tonight.”

Letter to the editor: Students have Shocker fever!

 

The past two seasons of Shocker basketball give WSU fans something to look forward to this time of the year. When basketball seasons comes upon us, it can become exciting to see the fans get involved. Koch arena fills with black and yellow and the cheers of fans. Being at the games is an experience that you can’t find many other places — the way the whole crowd seems to be one big family and community pulls you into the excitement and rowdiness of the games. As a fan of the team, this time of the year brings excitement to the house. The time of the year when everything you wear is black and yellow, when you bundle up just a little bit more than usual for the walks to the stadium, when the only song that gets stuck in your head is the WSU fight song is my favorite time of the year. — Mara McElgunn