Senior Spotlight: Haley

Haley, a Rampart senior, plays center midfielder on the soccer team for the Rams.  She is looking to continue her soccer career in college next year and is in the process of finalizing what school she will attend. Last summer her club team, the Pride Predators, were runner-up in a major tournament in San Diego.Haley blog 1

Haley is also in DECA at Rampart and especially enjoyed competing in DECA at the Broadmoor last winter. She is hoping for a repeat trip again this year.

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When she’s not hanging out with family and friends or on the soccer field, you might find Haley at her job working as a hostess at Salsa Brava. She also loves to support Colorado Sports teams – the Broncos and Rockies in particular, and helping both people and animals.

In addition to playing college soccer, next year Haley will pursue a degree as a veterinarian.Haley blog 3

 

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colorado-springs-senior-photosWendy Schicktanz is a Certified Professional Photographer living in Colorado Springs.  She is the owner of Captured Moments Photography which specializes in photographing high school seniors, families, children and boudoir.  To view more of her award winning images visit her website at Captured Moments Gallery

 

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Senior Spotlight: Brock

Brock is an International Baccalaureate (IB) senior at Rampart High School where his classes are weighted to provide a world view that helps in molding a well-rounded student and person. As an IB student, Brock must spend 120 hours in community service and he has chosen several ways in which to volunteer including helping with “Elementary Challenge Days” for 5thgraders. However, Brock’s passion lies with the “Bald for Bucks” campaign where Rampart raised an incredible $100,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.Brockblog1

This past summer, Brock did an internship in Las Vegas for College Football Media Day (for the Mountain West Division) where he helped with the social media aspect. This experience played right in to his goal of attending Texas Christian University or UCLA to pursue a degree in either Sports Broadcasting or Journalism.

Brockblog2At Rampart, Brock is involved in Student council as the Executive Treasurer, is in National Honor Society and he loves supporting all of the Rampart events. Outside of school, he enjoys hanging out with his friends and family, playing frisbee, spike ball, hammocking, listening to music and collecting sports lapel pins.

 

 

 

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colorado-springs-senior-photosWendy Schicktanz is a Certified Professional Photographer living in Colorado Springs.  She is the owner of Captured Moments Photography which specializes in photographing high school seniors, families, children and boudoir.  To view more of her award winning images visit her website at Captured Moments Gallery

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Senior Spotlight: Alyssa

When I asked Alyssa what she was most passionate about, without hesitation she replied, “Music!” It’s no surprise, then, that this musically talented senior plays three different instruments: the Baritone, Tuba and Percussion. In addition, at Falcon High School where she will begin her senior year this fall, Alyssa is in the Marching Band and Winter Guard (competing in Color Guard from January through March).AlyssaEblog1

Alyssa is a member of the Senior Planning Committee at Falcon and recently went on an amazing European trip with other high school students where they visited England, Scotland, Wales, and her favorite country, Ireland.

AlyssaEblog2Outside of school, Alyssa loves art, especially painting and drawing flowers and other still life, and reading Dystopian Fiction (The Hunger Games, etc.) She also joins in with her fellow tuba and euphonium players each year in Acacia park for Tuba Christmas. In this now somewhat internationally famous event, players from all ages unite to play Christmas carols and pay homage to the musicians who represent their collective tuba heritage.

Next year Alyssa will attend CSU Pueblo to pursue a degree as a child psychologist.AlyssaEblog3

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colorado-springs-senior-photosWendy Schicktanz is a Certified Professional Photographer living in Colorado Springs.  She is the owner of Captured Moments Photography which specializes in photographing high school seniors, families, children and boudoir.  To view more of her award winning images visit her website at Captured Moments Gallery

 

 

 

 

 

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Senior Spotlight: Eric

Eric is an autistic senior at Discovery Canyon High School and joins a class of seniors that will make history this year as the first class to attend Discovery Canyon from kindergarten through the 12thgrade.8402Ericblog1

Although autism has presented Eric many challenges, he has worked hard to overcome them.  Since his freshman year, Eric has run track and field, and cross country since his sophomore year. He has participated in the chess club and enjoys going to school dances, plays and parties. Eric is extremely social and is passionate about making friends, especially ones that he can hang out with. He loves dogs, is a great rock climber and likes to play Wii, especially “Just Dance.”

Through a program at school, Eric worked for Chick-fil-A, where he helped keep the dining area clean and prep trays for those who were “dining in”. In addition, he has volunteered at “Zach’s Place” to make lunches for others with disabilities.

8365Ericblog2After graduation, Eric hopes to gain employment in a restaurant where he can continue working on his cooking skills, and he is considering taking some cooking classes at Pikes Peak Community College to get a cooking certification.

 

 

 

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colorado-springs-senior-photosWendy Schicktanz is a Certified Professional Photographer living in Colorado Springs.  She is the owner of Captured Moments Photography which specializes in photographing high school seniors, families, children and boudoir.  To view more of her award winning images visit her website at Captured Moments Gallery

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Senior Spotlight: Lily

Lily, spelled like the flower (and obviously her favorite!) has a sweet, easygoing demeaner and passion for helping others.  These traits are evidenced by her many volunteer hours spent as a High Trails counselor (outdoor education center visited by middle school students), running a camp for elementary students at Academy Endeavor Elementary School 2-3 times/week, and helping out at the Venetucci Farm with their landscaping. She is also a member of the Rampart CPR (Creating Powerful Rams) program that acts as peer mentors to incoming freshman.7965Lilyblog1

After several concussions and knee injuries, Lily made the wise decision to give up playing competitive volleyball, but has continued her love of the sport by coaching volleyball to girls of all ages at Xfinity Sports Arena. 

36Lilyblog2Lily loves art in almost all mediums, especially acrylic painting, drawing and sculpting, and she often looks to nature as her inspiration.7997Lilyblog3

 

 

 

 

 

To continue her love of working with children, Lily intends to pursue an elementary education degree after graduation. While she hasn’t yet decided which college she will attend, she was named a “Teacher Cadet” (she was selected as one of 15 future teacher applicants out of all of District 20). By receiving this award, Lily will get college credit and internship opportunities.2Lilyblog4

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colorado-springs-senior-photosWendy Schicktanz is a Certified Professional Photographer living in Colorado Springs.  She is the owner of Captured Moments Photography which specializes in photographing high school seniors, families, children and boudoir.  To view more of her award winning images visit her website at Captured Moments Gallery

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Senior Spotlight: Simon

Simon begins his senior year at Rampart tomorrow where he is enrolled in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. Despite the fact that the IB program is extremely rigorous, Simon also plays as a defender for Rampart’s soccer team and is in National Honor Society.8286Simon5x7

In his limited spare time, Simon gives back to the community by being an usher at his church and as an assistant soccer coach for a youth Pride 14 year-old boys team. One of the highlights of his summer was a one-week mission trip with his French IB class to Haiti where he worked at a medical clinic there building “walkers” and helping take inventory.

8326Simon5x7This busy senior also loves cycling, playing the sax and base guitar and collecting shoes. When asked what he was passionate about, he said “sports” and his mom said, “shoes”! Next year Simon plans to attend college in London, England to become an Investment Banker.

 

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colorado-springs-senior-photosWendy Schicktanz is a Certified Professional Photographer living in Colorado Springs.  She is the owner of Captured Moments Photography which specializes in photographing high school seniors, families, children and boudoir.  To view more of her award winning images visit her website at Captured Moments Gallery

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Senior Spotlight: Ally

Ally, a senior at High Country Christian Academy, loves singing, dancing and working with children. Throughout her high school years, Ally sang in her church praise team choir and danced with Summit Dance works, where she performed in ballet, jazz and lyrical dance.

Make no mistake, however – Ally is passionate about working with children. She is currently employed at First Baptist Church of Black Forest, but it is in her volunteering roles that Ally’s love for children, and people in general, really shine.7285AllyGilman4x52

Each year Ally is a Vacation Bible School leader, and she also volunteers in the City Serve program of “COS I Love You” (a movement of local churches serving the Colorado Springs area). Ally helped organize and clean “Zach’s Place” at the Laurie Hillyard Family Center; a daycare and respite care location for children with special needs.

In addition, she also volunteers at “Crossfire Ministries” where she helps serve the working poor of our city. At the start of the school year, Ally donates loaded back packs, turkeys for the Thanksgiving Turkey Drive and presents to the local foster care system at Christmas. Wow!

8AllyGilman4x52It is no surprise, then, that Ally is hoping to study Early Childhood Education next year, first at PPCC, and then transfer to the University of Northern Colorado or the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to finish her degree.

Ally is not all work and no play, however. She recently returned from a fun getaway to Estes park where she enjoyed hiking and boating, and is very excited about an upcoming cruise (next spring) to Roatan, Costa Maya, Cozumel and Nassau.

 


colorado-springs-senior-photosWendy Schicktanz is a Certified Professional Photographer living in Colorado Springs.  She is the owner of Captured Moments Photography which specializes in photographing high school seniors, families, children and boudoir.  To view more of her award winning images visit her website at Captured Moments Gallery

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