The Warrior Weekly
In a word, Journalism.
Through the class, I’ve gotten to get out of my comfort zone by taking pictures on the football field and during volleyball games. I am learning how to write articles and what a dominant feature means in the Journalism world. But the real reason I am thankful for this class is because of the people in it.
Ms. Brown is the cure for any early, morning blues.
Ladan Spratt’s sassiness is something we could all use a little more of.
Rosalyn always comes through with all of our last minute articles or remembering to bring food on Friday.
Matthew turns every class into a game and encourages us, like the one time we had to write something encouraging about everyone and he wrote “girl” for mine. (Still the best encouragement I’ve ever gotten.)
Hayden is easy going yet really good at all that he does.
Shelby is the sweetest and jumps into every assignment even when she doesn’t know all the LCA things just yet.
Conner does everything, literally.
Savannah is the best writer and is never stressed out about the hundreds of articles we give her.
Gracie always wakes us up with either her loud laughing or her loud argument with Seth and Andrew, haha!
Emma Miksa is the glue that holds us all together and her design eye is probably why everything looks amazing!
Katelynn laughs at everyone’s jokes and is our sunshine even in the dark hour of 8:00 am.
Paul is the best photographer ever. No argument.
Erynn makes everything 10X cooler.
Noah is really patient when I want to change our volleyball pages completely.
Seth decorates everything and everyone with stickers… thanks?
Andrew makes sure we never have leftovers. And that we are always laughing.
Everybody in journalism contributes to the class in a different way. And if an 8:00 am class isn’t a way to bond people, then I don’t know what is. My only regret is just signing up for it my senior year! Thank You Journalism!!
P.S. (from Ms. Brown) Emma Harper brings an air of sweetness to all that she does, and I’m so grateful that she signed up for Journalism this year, otherwise I would have missed out on having her for a class!!
“You never really understand until you consider things from his point of view...until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” -Atticus Finch
Perspective is a growth area that I really need right now. It’s so easy to see things from your set of eyes and then just leave it there; always looking at situations from my own perspective has led to times of selfishness and pride. So once I realized this, I decided to start writing articles from the perspective of others. Some will be funny and others serious. So here it goes, I hope y’all enjoy this new segment of mine…
GOBBLE! GOBBLE! GOBBLE!
October 14th 2018,
My name is Turkey 7641 but my friends call me Gravy. I was born around 5 months ago right at the height of Spring. All my turkey buds and I live out here in Arkansas. On a normal day we just walk around the farm and eat lots of food. Our farmer, whom we all refer to as Papa, because we love him so much, always says, “I’m going to make all of y’all into big strong turkeys for the day of the big feast, Thanksgiving.”
November 25th 2018,
Thanksgiving is not what you think! It’s all a lie! Papa took all of the turkeys to the big feast, except me. He said that he was saving me for Christmas. I didn’t want to miss the feast though so I snuck out, and what I saw was revolting. All of my family was being eaten by Papa!!! I then ran into the forest where I’ve been hiding out for the last 3 days.
November 12th 2019,
This is my one warning. A turkey revolution is coming. I’ve spent the last year hiding from Papa and preparing for my revenge! I’ve made turkeys across America aware of what Thanksgiving truly is... a holiday to drive turkeys into extinction. Beware mankind...Beware Papa.
Love to all of my fellow Turkeys,
In Digital Photo 1 we've been learning about the different elements of Composition. Here are a few of my favorite images from what my photo students have been turning in!! I really love watching them grow in their vision and love seeing the work they produce!!
Photo Credit: Erin Brown [Photography Instructor]
I have played football at LCA for five years after first playing in 8th grade. These have been some of the best years of my life. While these last two years have been more of transitioning years, I still really enjoyed getting to start and be a role model for the underclassmen. I love playing football because of the relationships I have built and the teamwork and comradery that comes from it. These last two years of playing football have been my favorite. There is something about going out onto the field and representing your school through what you love; which is really special. As a senior, I have really enjoyed being a mentor and a leader to my younger teammates. It is always fun going to celebrate with them when they do something good because in a couple of years they will be the leaders of this team. Through it all, I am very thankful for all the memories and good times that have come out of this great sport and I can't wait to come back next year to be a fan!
Photo Credit: Grace Cropper 
I have been cheering at LCA for three years and have enjoyed every moment. Throughout the seasons, there have been ups and downs but no matter what, the team is always there to help each other make it through. I have enjoyed getting to know each team from each year and knowing that I can rely on them after a hard day of school. From taking pictures to throwing each other in the air, every moment is filled with laughter and sometimes mental breakdowns from being so tired. All the memories and moments we have shared will never be forgotten and I am so thankful to have been part of such a strong community.
Photo Credit: Erin Brown [Photography Instructor]
I’ve been playing football at LCA since sixth grade, and have seen many highs and lows in the program. Right now, we are in a transition year and it’s exciting and cool to know that I get to train up a younger generation of players. When I was a freshman, I saw Conner McClellan and Cristian Barineau lead our team but I never thought I would be in their shoes someday. I want to leave my mark on the younger players about how to be a strong leader, just the way I learned from Conner and Cristian. Through all the turmoil and craziness I’ve seen in the program in recent years, I feel confident in saying the program has a very bright future ahead of it.
Photo Credit: Erin Brown [Photography Instructor]
I have been a cheerleader at LCA since freshman year, and before then, it was something I never planned on trying. Being a shy, uncoordinated kid, cheerleading was not something I ever saw in my future. To be honest, I did not want to join the team, and before I did, I was truly terrified. After joining, I found a love for the sport and the team that I never expected. When I joined my freshman year, the team was only one year old, so there were a lot of challenges to navigate. We made it work with our limited practice space, from the cafe to the stage in the gym. Although it took awhile for the crowd to get used to having cheerleaders at the football games, they now cheer along with us and help us encourage the players. Overall, I have loved being able to be a part of the cheerleading program for the last four years. Even through the challenges, I have been truly blessed by my time on the team.
Photo Credit: Erin Brown [Photography Instructor]
Going into my senior season, life was just a checklist…
I found myself so caught up in the motions that I lost sight of what truly mattered to me: relationships. I just wanted to get through this crazy season of life, and I didn’t care whether or not I enjoyed it. Then the Lord taught me something. My mindset wouldn’t change until I truly surrendered it to Him. He showed me that He had me in every place for a reason, a purpose. It was then that football became something it had never been before: a way to clear my head from the chaos of life and be surrounded by a team of people that I love. This team is unlike any I have ever been on before. We truly care for each other and champion each other's successes. Life is no longer about a checklist to me, it’s about being present in every moment and seeing how Jesus is going to grow me each time; and where His Spirit is going to lead me next. My team is one that I will never forget. Plus I got my first TD this season and that was pretty rockin’.
Photo Credit: Grace Cropper 
I am currently in my third and last year in LCA Cheer. These past three years have been an amazing experience. I joined the week before school, my sophomore year and instantly fell in love with it. Throughout all the years cheer has been a safe place for me and many of my friends. The coaches have always been amazing and supportive of each of us in life as well as cheer. From stunting to dancing, cheer pushes us to do things we never thought possible. While there has been difficulty, cheer has taught me that I am truly perfowerfull.
What do you get when you give small, white pumpkins to a bunch of talented photo students? Pumpkins that become works of art, Festive Fall Pumpkins, sweet, emotional pumpkins, pumpkins with names, and pumpkins that become unique to every eye that saw and photographed them!
Photo Credit - Ladan Spratt , Grace Carnefix , Daisy Truax , and Noah Larson 
Photo Credit - Casidey Graft , Elly George , Britt Harmon , Gianna Antovoni 
Photo Credit - Liana Kusterer , Jessica Davis , Alec Kurtenbach , Sierra Simmons 
Photo Credit - Hudson Schill , Conner Hendrick , Nicole Garrison 
I run with those who people never see/never forgetting the invisible
I am lost in half of me/ as everyone is unbothered with who I “used to be”/ except those who hold my future with their fears
I cannot and will not sit still while my family burns/
for they held me when my household could not
They live loving, but see not the greatest love in existence/ because the ones charged with sharing it refuse to give grace/ as they were called to do
I will live in love in love in love/ for the invisibles like me/ because everyone should know they are truly seen.
Senior Eric Kusterer is working towards earning his position as an Eagle Scout this year. Eric has been in the Boy Scout program since he was eleven years old and has loved all the campouts and skills he has gained over the years. A few years ago he left Boy Scouts and joined Trail Life, however, it was not too long before he was back with Boy Scouts once again.
In the beginning, he started Boy Scouts as a way to connect with his family but soon it became an important part of his life.
“My brother was in it and there was some family obligation there, but it was a lot of fun and many of the friends I have now were from it.” Senior Eric Kusterer
For his Eagle Scout project, Eric wanted to give back to the school. He plans on installing a light bar on the stage which will have the ability to be raised and lowered.
Possibly the only thing that one can predict about a family vacation is that it will most certainly be unpredictable. So when it comes to my family and our travels, we are no exception to the rule; except for a few family traditions that seem to pop up with every trip: My brother-in-law Heath, will want to be at the airport at least 2 to 3 hours ahead of time, Ryan’s main concern throughout the trip will be obtaining and eating food, my sister Kathleen will make fun of my OCD packing and the cleaning of the hotel room even though we have maid service, and my daughter Lauryn will make sure to dress to the nines, in preparation for any surprise photo shoots that happen to come up (insert winky face emoji). And trust me, I wouldn’t have it any other way! It’s what makes traveling as a family so much fun!
So as we all made our way to Nashville, TN to visit my daughter Lauryn Raleigh for our Fall Break, the inside jokes quickly ensued. While standing in line at Enterprise for our rental car, we were approached by a very outspoken lady who freely gave us advice on where to go in Nashville, and then also proceeded to ask if she could give us cash and put her rental car agreement on our credit card. We ended up politely saying “No” and that ended up being the main inside joke throughout the course of our stay!
I also found out that one of my favorite authors was speaking at her church in Nash (as the locals say) and I was able to go and meet her, and have my book signed too! All in all, by Sunday morning we had already been having a great time…with only a few minor irritations that also seem to be fairly predictable when traveling with family.
We all met up for lunch after church, and over specialty Nash burgers and fries something very unpredictable happened. The normal eating, talking and laughing took a turn and the conversation changed. For the first time, in a very long time, starting with Lauryn and Heath, words and hearts were shared freely and we just began to share how we really felt about our lives, our brokenness, Jesus, church, unanswered prayers and our family. Yes, we have talked about these things before, but so many times I think we’ve been speaking in third person to one another, as if we were sharing how someone else felt, just a little too scared to reveal it was really us behind those hurts and fears. Those painful feelings are often there, yet maybe we’re too afraid of the honesty because maybe we feel like we are the only ones. And I’m not sure why it’s so much harder with family to really be honest, but it just is. Yet here we all were, voicing our hearts, sharing tears, and really listening for the first time in a long time. It was one of the best surprise moments of any family vacation I’ve ever taken and I’ll remember it for a long time to come. And now I think we are all hoping to make that a new family tradition as well: to really listen and to be open, to acknowledge each other’s pain and not just rush in to fix it; to give one another the benefit of the doubt, and not snap to quick judgments or assumptions. With family that can be a difficult goal to take on, but we will gladly try. So here’s to family vacations and all of their quirks and surprises. Here’s to adding honesty and openness to our packing list, and of course keeping our inside jokes!
Just an encouragement for all of us, as we get ready for extra family time over the holidays. Why not travel with a heart to listen this season, and be more open for how God wants to use not only our words but also our honesty.
*Photo by Kailee Serna 
If I could give a giant Spirit Flower to my Yearbook/Newspaper Staff I would!! They have jumped in this year trying new things, and creating and capturing memories that will live on for years to come. I'm so proud of their hard work, their patience with me, and for being awesome story tellers!!
Love you guys,
My new article series, “Coffee Conversations”, is all about highlighting different LCA students. I have the privilege of interviewing students over coffee and writing about all the exciting, unseen parts of their lives.
The first student I interviewed was Grace Meentemeyer. Grace is brand new to LCA, high school, and the cheer team. Despite all she has going on at LCA, she still has an exciting life outside of school as well.
This year, on top of starting high school and LCA, she decided to try cheerleading for the first time. Before cheer, she played basketball and ran track. She has played basketball since she was really young. She plans to keep playing this season with the team she has been a part of since she was ten years old. This year in addition to playing basketball, her mom suggested she try something new. Her mom ended up surprising her by working with LCA’s cheer coach to get her involved. She was so excited, and as she says, “What girl doesn’t want to be a cheerleader? I have always wanted to be one!”
Grace is a committed, determined, and hard-working cheerleader. Although this is her first year in the sport, she has worked hard to learn all of the different and unique aspects of cheering. She has happily tried every position in a stunt and has given her all in each part. She has also dedicated plenty of time outside of practice to learn all of the cheers and make sure she has them perfect before each game.
She faces criticism with a heart eager to learn and grow, and constantly works to improve in any way she can. All of her teammates would agree that she is truly a light on the team. Although one of the youngest, and brand new to the school and the sport, she constantly encourages and uplifts her team. She approaches any situation with positivity, joy, and eagerness.
With this same determination and commitment, Grace has seamlessly tackled the challenges of being an LCA student. She has always been a hard-worker with great time management skills. Coming from public school, the environment here at LCA is much different than what she is used to. She says she loves the people, teachers, and positive, Godly environment here.
Outside of LCA, Grace has a really close, fun-loving family. She is the middle child with two brothers who are 18 and 5 years old. Her family loves to spend time together doing things like watching TV, playing games, serving in church, and running.
The family makes a point each night to spend time together and talk about their day over dinner. Grace says her mom is a great cook, but they also go out to dinner every Saturday night and especially love to get pizza.
Her family also loves the outdoors and activities that involve being on the lake. They also love to stay active and do lots of running. The whole family is highly involved in their church and they love to serve there in several different ways.
Although Grace is only a freshman, she already has a pretty good idea of what she wants to do with her life. She says she would love to do something in the medical field, specifically as a registered nurse. “I love babies and old people. I think the brain is cool too!”, says Grace.
In summary, Grace is a really adventurous girl who loves school, sports, her family, and God. If you have not had a chance to get to know Grace, I would recommend finding time to talk with her. You will not regret it!. Her joyful spirit and positive attitude are so contagious, and she lights up any room she walks into. Grace is a truly great person and a blessing to get to know.