The Bell Ringing that Almost “Wasn’t”

Our bell ringing almost didn’t happen this year.

At 6:00 pm the evening before our scheduled bell ringing shift, I received a phone call from the Salvation Army coordinator informing me that she was cancelling our time. She explained that they needed to hire a “paid” ringer who could take the entire eight hour shift.

“Oh No!”  Tony was coming from Denver, Mike and Cody had taken off work, and our family was looking forward to what had become for us, a treasured holiday experience.

After pleading our case, it was decided that we would ring the bell for four hours, instead of the scheduled two, thus allowing us more time to fill the Red Kettle.

 

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As always, we are so grateful for the opportunity to support this wonderful charity, and this year we feel especially blessed since it almost did not happen. The additional hours flew by and we were fortunate to enjoy being outside on a beautiful Colorado December day.

My husband summed it up best when he said, “It is the small things that make a big difference. Being able to chat with the friendly folks who walk by and witness the generosity of the season from those who donate to the bucket makes this experience so worth-while.”

Special thanks to our friends who took time out of their day to stop by and generously donate to the Salvation Army! And thanks to those who happened upon us by chance and made a donation – we are so grateful for your generosity.

If you were unable to come visit us last week, please consider making a donation to another Red Kettle and help those in need this Christmas season.

To my portrait clients, past and present, thank you for your business and referrals. And to all who are reading this blog, I wish you a very blessed Christmas and a healthy and prosperous 2019!

~Wendy

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8419Wendy4x5Wendy 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: Alex

Alex, a senior at Discovery Canyon High School, has many diverse hobbies and interests. She plays doubles tennis for DCC and is also in the school Symphonic Band, where she plays the flute. Alex loves to read, especially fantasy and adventure books, and to go to the movies. Lucky for her, she has a job as a concessionist at Icon Cinemas.AlexP4x52

 

One of Alex’s biggest interests, however, is Cyber Patriot Club. In this class she competes in groups of three with fellow classmates, as well as UCCS college students, on securing computers and networks. This is through a coding class at the Center for Modern Learning where the students set up virtual machines, diagnose issues and deduce how best to secure them.

AlexP4x53-1Last summer Alex took a cruise of the Hawaiian Islands, with her favorite being the big Island of Hawaii. And this coming spring break, she will travel with the DCC Band to Disneyworld, where they will get to play on Disney’s Main Street.AlexP4x54

Alex also volunteers during the holidays performing “mini concerts” of Christmas music at a local retirement home. And when this busy girl has down time at home, it is spent with her favorite little buddy, her Shihtzu Dolly.

After graduation, Alex plans to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science at either Colorado State University or Northern Arizona University and then look for a job in Cyber Security.

 

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8419Wendy4x5Wendy 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: Sonya

Doherty senior, Sonya, has been nicknamed “Beebeechola” by her family – where she is one of eight children. While some families have a “soccer mom”, Sonya’s family refers to her as the “soccer sister” since she is so helpful in driving her siblings to their many activities.

Sonya has a multitude of passions herself, one of which is playing the violin, and she is in the Audition Advanced Orchestra at her school. Making her violin extra special is the case that she stores it in, which had belonged to her aunt Liz and was saved by her grandma for nine years until Sonya became the proud owner.

Outside of school, Sonya loves hanging out with her friends and making videos in Photoshop, as well as hiking — with Helen Hunt Falls being her favorite. She also collects snow globes, volunteers at “Special Kids Special Families” and has a job at Kum & Go.

This spring she is excited about traveling with other students in her school district to Italy and Greece. After graduation Sonya plans to attend Cosmetology school.

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Wendy 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: Alex

When I asked Alex what he was passionate about, this Air Academy senior remarked, “Drumming and working on cars”.  Alex loves to work on, as well as drive cars, specifically 90’s imports like Toyotas and Subarus. And drumming on his drum set is another favorite pastime.8857Alexblog2

Alex loves adventure and has been skiing since the 2nd grade (Monarch is his favorite resort), and he also has his Advanced Open Water Scuba certification. He loves to dive in Cancun, Mexico, and a highlight was seeing a 12 ft Black Tip shark.

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When not in school or participating in his many diverse hobbies, Alex can be found working at an AMC movie theatre. He also collects tennis shoes. In addition, he helped construct a cobblestone entryway at a local school and volunteers at his church.

After graduation he would love to travel to Germany and then pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering at either the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, or Colorado State University.8886Alexblog1

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Wendy 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: Carson

Carson is one smart cookie! This Rampart senior is enrolled in five AP classes: Biology, Calculus, Psychology, Physics and Lit & Comp. He is in the Talented and Gifted program and is a mentor to middle school students whom he helps with topics they are struggling to master. And did I mention – he is fluent in French.Carsonblog1

Carson also enjoys playing sports. He competed in doubles on the Rampart Tennis team and likes to golf, especially in Kauai.

Carsonblog2For the last ten years he has helped sort food for Care and Share. When he’s not studying or volunteering, Carson likes to collect wooden airplanes that have been designed and built by his grandfather.

After graduation Carson wants to pursue a double major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and then follow that up with a Masters degree and eventually a Doctorate in Research and Development for pharmaceuticals and cancer research.Carsonblog3

 

 

 

 

 

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8419Wendy4x5Wendy 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: Madison

Growing up as an “Air Force Brat” meant that Madison’s family moved a lot. This Rampart senior, however, loved the sense of adventure that came with getting to know the new people, places, food and architecture of the many different areas her family was stationed. In fact, all of that adventure only inspired her love of traveling, and she hopes to continue to see more of the world.9347Madisonblog2

Madison is the President of “No Place for Hate”, a school organization that focuses on the sense of community and making Rampart a better place. She is also in Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society.

9374Madisonblog1When she’s not involved in school activities, she can be found dancing. While she loves hip hop, musical theatre, lyrical and contemporary, ballet is her favorite. In addition, she is very active with the Girl Scouts and has even attained her Girl Scouts Silver Award. Next summer she hopes to travel with her fellow Girl Scouts to Iceland.9290Madisonblog3

After graduation she wants to attend Utah State and become a High School English teacher. With her love of travel in mind, she also plans to study abroad in Spain.

 

 

 

 

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8419Wendy4x5Wendy 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: Abby

Most seniors don’t have their “after high school” plans mapped out as precisely as Abby, but this senior knows exactly what she wants to do with her life for the next decade. After watching many episodes of the television show Criminal Minds and taking a Forensics class at Rampart, Abby was influenced to go to Pikes Peak Community College for two years and then join the Police Academy where she will spend five years as a police officer. What next? Joining the FBI’s “Behavioral Analysis Unit” of course!9266Abbyblog3

9186Abbyblog1Currently, Abby is in the Area Vocational Program (AVP) for cosmetology, works as a cashier at La Casita Mexican restaurant and loves to spend time cruising about in her 1998 Jeep Wrangler that she has nicknamed Charlie.9230Abbyblog2

 

This Honor Roll senior loves music and attending concerts, particularly heavy metal and rock. She also enjoys swing dancing and has a soft spot for white daisies because of their simplicity.

 

 

 

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8419Wendy4x5Wendy 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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