Volume 54, Issue 2
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TULSA State Fair Photohoku Food, rides, and other experiences at the Tulsa State Fair
Alum helps those who lost photos in natural disasters
Kelly pulls first Victory against McGuinness since 2009. see page 12.
Fantasy football Kelley students form fantasy football leagues
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Looking For the Music Man 2014 Musical revealed to be ‘The Music Man’
BY ELIZABETH THEBAN fter a round of excited applause, the musical reveal was all business. Mrs. Amy Junger, Ms. Megan Schaunaman, Mrs. Dana Hoagland, and Mr. Spencer Macklin explained what they were expecting from auditions this year. Auditions are Oct. 30 and Nov. 1 after school. Call backs will be Sunday, Nov. 3.
In the auditorium, Mrs. Amy Junger, Ms. Megan Schaunaman, Mrs. Dana Hoagland, and Mr. Spencer Macklin explain the audition process. They work with students each year to produce the musical. Photo by Elizabeth Theban.
Reacting to the announcement, senior Meridith Crouch, senior Caitlin Gibbons and other students talk about their expectations for the upcoming musical. Gibbons has been involved in the drama department all four years of high school. “I’m super stoked about the musical, there was copious amounts of intrigue [surrounding the selection],” Gibbons said. Photo by Elizabeth Theban.
“I’m looking for a 45 second song from a musical, preferably not the musical we are doing. It needs to be memorized and you can have a starting pitch but it will be a capella. If you’re worried about a musical [song], come with whatever and we will hear you. The main goal is to sell it,” Junger said. After Junger’s briefing, Schaunaman jumped in with information about the dance portion of the audition. “Dancing is probably the least important part of your audition, if you can sing and act would probably be the most important, ” Schaunaman said. Dance videos will be available online to learn for the audition. “You can audition for one of three part in the musical. You can be part of just the singing chorus, so if you are absolutely mortified to be dancing on stage just be in the singing chorus. You can be part of the dancing chorus or part of the special dancing group.” Schaunaman said. Musical hopefuls will not take the stage alone. “We’ll call five to seven people up on
stage you’ll walk up on stage all at the same time and we’ll have you step forward one by one and you’ll present your song down the row, and those people will act, then anyone auditioning for the dance chorus will stay on stage and anybody who is up there will do their dance all at the same time.” Schaunaman said. In addition to a song and dance, a monologue will also be required for the audition. “Being in a production, the main part, really, of a big musical is the chorus. Put a lot into it and bring it regardless,” Hoagland said. They are also looking for people to work behind the scenes. Stage crew helps put together the props, set designs and lighting among other things. “Most professional actors will tell you the most important people are behind the scenes because without them, there are no lights,” Macklin said. The Music Man has many guys roles. In past years, not many guys have been auditioning. This year, they are hoping for more guys to show an interest.
IT’S “T” TIME Q & A with Mr. Wymore, BK theology teacher
BY ERIN BENEDICT
Mr. Wymore is the current Theology 3 teacher and currently attends Notre Dame and is a part of the ACE program. When did you know you wanted to be a teacher? I knew since graduating from college. I grew up with many family members on my mom’s side teaching. My mom was actually an orchestra teacher and taught lessons in our house. I wanted to give it a try. Why did you decide to teach? I love learning, and wanted to share that with others. Teaching is a good way for me to try to inspire people. I don’t claim to be particularly smart, but school is more than book learning. I also wanted to be part of a community, like Kelley. What is the ACE program like? ACE stands for Alliance for Catholic Education. It trains people that didn’t get a degree in education, but wanted to contribute to Catholic education. For the first summer you teach at Notre Dame, then everyone goes off to various schools. The focus is not just teaching, but being a part of a community and practicing your faith. What is it like to share a house with other ACE teachers? It is a way to share in the joys and challenges of teaching. That is a big reason why I was attracted to ACE. To live on one’s own would be difficult, at least for me, especially in a new city. What is your favorite part about the ACE Program? The easy answer is the people all around the country. I am proud of a Spring marathon in Oklahoma City that an ACE group and I organized over the summer. It will raise money for the ACE Program, and I will be running in it. Another thing I love is the ability to learn a lot in a few short years and then be able to contribute to Catholic education. Have you enjoyed teaching at Bishop Kel-
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ley so far? I have. It is neat to have a number of past students stopping bye and saying hello. I am looking forward to the new sophomores. I have been thinking about doing more with the pro-life club and trivia, maybe cross country. I also want to get to know more of the students here. What were your first impressions of Bishop Kelley? It was a much smaller school than what I’ve known. My high school, Madison Memorial, had over 2,000 students. I was impressed by how everyone seemed to know each other. There was more divisions of various kinds at Madison Memorial. Another big difference is the prayer. I love the all school masses. How does it feel to be a 2nd year? I think it is going more smoothly. There is a kind of rhythm to the entire year and it repeats itself. You know what all the student events are. This year, I knew what the aloha dance was and chaperoned it. I was able to wear my lei with pride. I am also thinking about improving my course.
you did last year? I have already started teaching new units of the Paschal Mystery. I know where sophomores are coming from better now, so I have adapted my approach accordingly. Wat kinds of projects are you doing this year? The plan in the In the Church unit in the spring is to give the students the opportunity to plan a service project. We can do it together and they would get a lot out of the responsibility of the project. Have you considered staying at Bishop Kelley? I have. It is a very live opportunity for me at this point. Do you have any advice for aspiring teachers? Get to know your students as well as you can, as soon as you can. It is difficult with the block schedule to get to know all your students. I didn’t get to know some of my earlier students as well as I could and should have.
What kinds of methods do you use in the classroom? I like discussion and when we can take the time to solve problems creatively. I’m considering having the students write their own parable to help them think on their own. I also hope to introduce new ways of praying. I take morning prayers very seriously. What characteristics do you like to have in your students? I like to have students who are willing to ask questions. There are very few bad questions in theology. I also like it when the students are willing to ask the BIG questions I ask at the beginning of class, which theologians find hard to answer. I also want the students to do what they can to add to the discussions. Are you planning on changing anything
Posing with a chalkboard, Mr. Wymore smiles for the camera. The chalkboard reads “Tim Wymore Tulsa Theology.” It further says, “It’s ‘T’ Time!”
V- I - c -t- o - r -y BY COURTNEY SNAPP The anticipation for the first pep rally was doubled this year because it was the day of the Battle of the Bishops, with the game that friday night was against Bishop McGuiness. Everybody sported their red and white apparel all day and during to pep rally the classes tried to out spirit each other the win the coveted class cup. The freshman class made it harder for the other classes because of their size and enthusiasm. Some of the senior football players performed a Irish jig to entertain the school. The seniors won the class cup after winning the chariot race and the scavenger hunt games. Because they won they get the spirit stick and get to hold on to it until the next pep rally.
A LOOK BACK AT THE FIRST PEP RALLY
PHOTOS BY MADDIE MAROUK
Appearing from behind the wall, the Kelley Comet walks out into the gym. The whole school was screaming and jumping because the comet had appeared.
Holding the spirit stick in the air, seniors Nik Scott and Adam Lawhorn celebrate their class winning the spirit stick. The seniors won the games and were the most spirited at the pep rally so they get the coveted spirit stick. Holding up their sign the juniors class cheers on their classmates. At the first pep rally the juniors went all out with signs and balloons.
Preforming at the pep rally, the cheer leaders complete a difficult stunt. The pyramid has junior Erin McCarthy and Payton Chance on the top.
Playing leap frog, some of the senior football team preforms a dance. The dance came complete with a leprechaun losing his shillelagh to the senior football players.
Lights, Camera, Action BK students share their experiences playing extras in a Hollywood short film in downtown.
BY SCOTT LOVE Hollywood made its way to Tulsa in September as 30 Bishop Kelley students appeared in a feature film in downtown as extras. “It actually came about in a roundabout way. Someone on the reunion committee lives next to Spanish teacher Sra. Maria Monhaut and asked if anyone at BK would be interested in the film shoot. She gave him my name and the director of the project contacted me,” Mr. Michael Blazek said. “I actually did very little. My official job was to be liaison between the production company, Latr Daze Films, and Bishop Kelley. On set, I was like a PA (Production Assistant) -- I moved equipment and shot both video and stills for a behind-thescenes piece.” The proposal ended in 30 students in downtown Tulsa at 7:20 a.m. Cameras traveled up and down the street filming one scene several times from different angles. Trucks fitted with cameras took several passes around the school and classic 60’s cars drove up and down the street to recreate the year 1964. Junior Anne DeLong said, “It was a documentary for the 50 year reunion for Central High School, and we got there and
we had to pose as students from that time period.” “I really like the era, and I thought it would be really cool to dress from the time period,” DeLong said. The shoot itself did not entail many scenes. Actually there was only scene that was shot. “They gave us all positions, we had to stand in those positions, and they got shots from different angles. That went on for about three hours maybe,” DeLong said. The behind the scenes look at the film gave a true representation of what it is like to work in the movie making business. “It was fun and, by all accounts, a true representation of a Hollywood production. That is, there was a lot of standing around and waiting. We waited almost 2 hours for the sun to be in the optimal spot,” Blazek said. During the shoot the sun was not high enough in the sky to light the Central High School porch so the entire crew and cast stood around to get the right lighting. Close to the majority of the shoot was spent around the casting while the crew changed cameras and rearranged the cam-
Bishop Kelley students wait while directors and cameramen change positions. Throughout the day the camera crane travels up and down the street taking different shots of all of the extras. “It was inspiring to me because the techniques used are the very same we use -- even if the equipment was a little different.” Blazek said. Photo by Scott Love
era angles. “I learned that it is not an easy process, and it takes a lot more time than you would expect.” Delong says, “It was a cool experience to see how things like that come together.”
Matt Haninsh (driver) and other Bishop Kelley students pile into a classic 60’s style car for the Central High School Reunion film shoot. “I thought it was cool to be a part of a real authentic movie. The cars were pretty awesome in general,” Haninsh said.
Photo by Michael Blazek
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Pay to play intramurals
PROGRAM IS AN EXCITING ADDITION TO SCHOOL, BUT STUDENTS SHOULD HAVE ANOTHER WAY TO PAY
BY BREEZEWAY STAFF his year, Bishop Kelley has decided to offer intramural sports. The dodge ball tournament in September was a huge hit and had many participants. Many students are excited to play on a team at school that is not quite as competitive as the official school sports teams. The inter-school competition opens up the opportunity for people to play who didn’t have time or could not make junior varsity or varsity teams. It also allows coed participation, rather than separating boys and girls teams. In previous intramural type events like powderpuff football, the 3v3 basketball tournament and King of the Court volleyball, teams have been separated by gender. After so much interest from the dodge ball tournament, the leagues forming this winter should be very popular. Teams at all grade levels have already started forming
and planning names, outfits, chants, etc. With all this excitement has also come some worry, however, because the system is pay to play. Intramural sports are not totally equal opportunity because some students who want to participate may not be able to afford it. Although the fee is small, the cost will add up over the course of the different seasons. We understand there is a cost associated with the facilities and time it takes to create each sports league, but hope
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there will be some option for students who want to play but can’t afford league fees for every sport. Despite any anticipated cost, the excitement around school is still prevalent and many people think that it will be really fun to play with and against their friends in the variety of sporting events Student Activities has lined up for this year. The Breezeway staff hopes to see more students than ever involved in Kelley through these new sports programs.
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Testing, Testing, One Two three
Students struggle through standardized test to achieve score and admittance to college BY DUNCAN SPEARS he first SAT test was in 1929 and the first ACT test in 1959. More than half a century of struggling students have fought for their desired scores, an issue that most of us can relate to. These tests are known primarily as just more work to do and stress to go through to get into college, but they were designed to help “people plan for and assess learning and training throughout their lives” according to the ACT itself. Despite their reputation and massive role in the college admissions process, these tests draw criticism from students and professors alike. In Oklahoma the average ACT score is a 20.7 with Tulsa at a 21.5, according to the state census, and Bishop Kelley at 24 in 2009. Bishop Kelley does a superb job on the ACT compared with other schools and this is in part due to the ACT prep classes offered by Ms. Megan Schaunaman, Mrs. Abboud, Mrs. Charlotte McGuire, Mrs. Cindy Yankic, and Coach Tyler Bell. This coaching of the ACT is discriminatory as it favors those with the money to spend on such a class and aren’t available to all students. All of the sudden the “standardized tests” aren’t quite so standard. Studies have shown “that English and math tests have been the most amenable to preparation, and the reading and science tests have shown smaller gains” according to Gary Moss of the University of Missouri.
ACT and SAT scores are both inaccurate predictors of grades in college and the CollegeBoard (owners and operators of the SAT) states that high school grades are better at predicting college grades. The Chicago State University did a study that found that (for that particular year) the highest average ACT score for a school in the study did not result in high college grades. In fact this class had the poorest set of grades over the four years in college. The AP tests have done very well testing on information that is taught in the past, but even they are slipping into a dangerous zone. “The elite students the program once catered to have been joined by hundreds of thousands of students who may be less prepared for the rigors of AP course work” the Harvard Gazette said. This mass participation in the tests leads to new averages and reduces the value that the tests have held as specialized subject tests. The alternatives to these standardized tests are already in place and require no additional effort. If universities reduced or eliminated emphasis on ACT or SAT scores and instead focused on grades in high school and rigor of courses they would have a better idea as to the future academic success of the student in question. Colleges must change their view of students if they are to maintain a level and forward-looking perspective.
What do you have to say? “If you have to learn sneaky tricks to get a good grade the test obviously doesn’t test knowledge.” - Senior Ali Ertl “I feel like it test your ability to test, not your general knowledge, which really doesn’t help schools know how ready you are for college.” - Senior Mariah Rubino “I really don’t think it’s that big of a deal, the real problem is that everyone psychs themselves out-- which is completely understandable considering how over-emphasized the test is. It shouldn’t be that important, I think.” - Senior Alex Moore “The ACT and SAT is nothing to obsess over. They are only fairly accurate in measuring one’s intellect, but not of other talents and special abilities. The real test is whether or not you’re a well rounds person, ready for college.” - Senior Eston Blair
Available for use in the library, ACT and SAT prep books can help students raise their scores. Books like this are used in the ACT/ SAT Prep Classes offered by Bishop Kelley. Photo by Elizabeth Theban.
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TULSA State FAIR RECAP By Scott Love
GAMES “I would say that going for the first time in a few years it was a fun time. Despite all the games that were rigged, I had an outstanding time. Seeing Mr. Zach Kilburn play in his band was a major highlight. The food was even as expected... Amazing! It was a great way to spend a Friday night.” -Forest Gandall
FOOD I went to the fair on Sunday afternoon which was the last day. I had a lot of fun, and there was tons of people so there were plenty of good people watching opportunities. I also had a funnel cake and tried fried Oreos. The fried Oreos were surprisingly delicious. Also, I rode some of the rides which were fun, of course.” -Anna Maria Malati
“The Fair was a great place to people watch. There was “The fair is entertaining to go to because there are so unique and interesting food available. The games were many things to do. From the food to the rides it is realreally fun. I liked seeing the cows.” -Bailey Jordan ly fun.” -Cassidy Middleton
Photohoku A Bishop Kelley alum helps those who lost their pictures and memories in natural disasters
hen a tornado or earthquake occuers it destroys everything. Bishop Kelley alumnus Brian Peterson, class of 1995, started a nonprofit organization that helps areas that have been effected by natural disaster. He collects cameras and gives them out to the people who were effected by a natural disaster. The organization is called Photohoku. “It is a family photo album-building projects for those affected by disasters,” Peterson said. He combined the words “photo” and “Tohoku” to name the organization. Tohoku is the region in Japan that was hit by the earthquake and tsunami in 2011. That was the earthquake that began it all. “Our hearts went out to those who lost everything,” Peterson said. The people in the disaster lost everything all their old and new family photos. “We decided to find people living in disaster-affected areas who lost their photos, make them new ones with instant film,
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and help them start new albums with the photos we would take,” Peterson said. The organization also gives the recipients of the albums a digital camera so they can continue to take pictures and make memories. “Photohoku’s purpose is to give the lasting smile of a photograph,” Peterson said. The people working with Photohoku make people smile by starting a photo album, offering to give them a camera, printing the albums that they have taken with their new digital cameras, and introducing them to people who can further help them. “We have brought over a dozen volunteers with us to Tohoku over six trips, started more than 100 photo albums, gifted several dozen cameras, given countless photographs, and continue to connect with the kind and courageous people of Tohoku,” Peterson said. He wants to continue to do the good things that he has been doing. They intend “to double that effort by
Taking a picture Brian Peterson poses a young boy in front of the camera. Brian is in the middle of making new memories with this little boy. The little boy poses in front of the camera for Brian. Photo by Allison Kwesell.
Holding their new pictures, this family posses for the camera. This is one of the many families that Brian’s organization has helped. They lost everything in the Tohoku earthquake. Photo by Brian Peterson.
“Our hearts went out to those who lost everything,” Peterson said.
visiting twice as frequently, to more places, with more photographers, and affect many more people,” Peterson said. The organization recently started Photoklahoma to help those effected by the families effected by the tornado in Moore and Shawnee Oklahoma. The organization set a specific goal to reach this year: “to start 800 family photo albums for people who have lost theirs,” Peterson said. Brian Peterson wants to keep the organization running and wants to continue to help the people that are affected by natural disasters.
Smiling and laughing Brian shows the little boy his new pictures. The boy and guardian are looking and admiring their new pictures. Photo by Allison Kwessell
Sitting together on a poach, this family looks at their new photo album. The family is smiling and enjoying seeing their new pictures. Photo by Allison Kwessell
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Upcoming Concerts & Homecoming Week
BY ELIZABETH THEBAN
Weird Al Yankovic Oct. 19 $30
An Evening With Alice Cooper Nov. 3 $35
Hunter Hayes Nov. 23 $40
Hex House 8314 E. 71st St., Tulsa Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 7:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.
“I wanted to pee myself and I think I did,” senior Meredith Veit said.
Monday Decorating in the Commons
Nightmare 4300 S 91st E Ave, Tulsa Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
“The best part is that there are mulitple scare levels,” senior Kate Grundy said.
Haunted Castle of Muskogee 3400 W Fern Mountain Rd, Muskogee, Fridays and Saturdays 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. “It made me cry. Wolfy(a former Kelley student) worked there and grabbed my hair and told me it was him the next day,” senior Madeline Jones said.
Tuesday Zoo Day
Wednesday Crazy Shoes
Thursday Disney Day
Dress Up as Your
Uniforms and Wacky Socks and Shoes
Dress Up as Your Favorite Disney Character
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ishops B Kelley beats McGuinness after three years of defeat
Battle BY ELIZABETH THEBAN or the first time since 2009, Bishop Kelley won the football game against Bishop McGuinness. Kelley faced off against the Irish in the first home game of the season. In a long held tradition, the schools battled over the shillelagh. The winner of the game keeps the shillelagh until the rematch the next year. “Going into the game we set our goal to get that stick back to Kelley, and we knew what needed to be done to do this,” senior Landen Stecker said. Kelley students packed into the student section to support the team. A sea of red and white greeted the McGuinness team when they took the field. “The crowd was ballistic. I’ll never forget looking up into the stands and seeing everybody on their feet and screaming
their heads off,” junior Ryan Martin said. Before the game, the football team needed to concentrate on what they needed to do in order to defeat McGuinness. “We felt like we had to just go out and play. We had to stop the quarterback and limit the amount of turnovers,” Martin said. Over the past 36 years, Kelley has only won 13 games against McGuinness. The football rivalry began in 1959 with a game won by McGuinness. The Comets won 25 to 22. After the final play, the crowd roared and the football team shared hugs. “I felt like I was about to pass out, in a good way, because I never thought I would lead my team to beat a huge rival” Martin said. The shillelagh will be in Kelley’s possession until next year’s game when the teams face off again.
Running with the ball, senior Will O’Connor avoids a MGuinness player. Photo by Brother Richard. Between McGuinness players, seniors Cole Heckenkemper and Blake Weatherl keep the Irish from advancing. Photo by Brother Richard.
Running through blockers, junior Ryan Martin advances the ball. Senior Blake Weatherl, junior Matt Fleske, and senior Jake Slayton kept McGuinness from tackling name. Photo by Brother Richard. Wrestling for control, senior Will O’Connor keeps McGuinness from possessing the ball. Photo by Brother Richard. Packed into the Stands, Kelley students show their Comet pride. The bleachers were full for the first home game of the season. “The crowd for the game was unbelievable, and we as a team are very grateful for such a supportive and rowdy student section,” senior Landon Stecker said. Photo by Anna Hinson.
Words With Wakulich Q & A with Fr. Wakulich, one of the three BK priests DESIGNED BY CASSIDY MIDDLETON AND COUTNEY SNAPP
BY BRENDA RICH Why is that? I love planes. I love stars. What events of your childhood do you think played a role in inspiring you to join the holy life? Catholic schools. My military time, other priests who I remembered were funny and holy. How do you think young people can realize their vocations? Asking God to show them what will make them happy and then doing it. Have you ever thought of being something else? Why? I wanted to be in the military for 25 years, because I love the military. I love flying, I love traveling. I love serving my country. Flashing a silly face, Father Wakulich lounging on some unidentified object. Photo by unknown source.
Father Kerry Wakulich is a chaplain priest at Bishop Kelley. He celebrates masses and hears confessions of students. He graduated from Bishop Kelley in 1993. He is funny, smart, and he loves what he does. How did you know you wanted to be a priest? I had a priest ask me if I wanted to be a priest and then after I thought about it, it made me really happy and joyful, and when I thought of getting married, it didn’t make me happy. Who influenced you to answer the call of priesthood? Other priests—the girl I was dating who responded very wrathful. Did you know you wanted to be a priest when you were a child? No. I wanted to build high altitude spy planes. Jet planes that fly on the edge of the atmosphere.
Did your family encourage you to follow your calling? Yeah. Not at first, I hadn’t seen my parents in 5 years, I was in the military. So it was kind of a surprise to them. How has the priesthood changed you? Other than the indelible mark on my soul? Nothing. What was your childhood like? Wonderful, Catholic, fun.
Why? People, I don’t like being at school, rules. What do you want to be remembered for, like what do you want people to take from your life, your legacy. My legacy…That you can be holy and still have fun in life. But being holy and having fun—they’re not mutually exclusive. What are your biggest hopes for Bishop Kelley students? That they’ll want to be saints and not mediocre slugs that don’t love God. What have you learned from being a priest? I’ve learned a lot. One thing I’ve learned—sacraments really do change people’s lives. People want to love God. What did you want to be as a little kid? Build space airplanes. I wanted to be handsome forever, funny, charming, dapper. What is your favorite part of being a priest? After depaganizing (baptizing) babies…celebrating mass, hearing confessions, praying.
What has been your most inspiring experience as a priest? Seeing kids graduate from high school and attending mass without their parents annoying them to go. That’s my favorite. What do you like most about Bishop Kelley? I love being here. I loathed being here as a student.
Laughing with Kelley students, Father Wakulich expresses his sence of humor. Photo by Kirstie Wilburn.
Going For The
Sophomore Audra Keeling talks about her soccer career BY NEDDA MANDEVILLE DESIGN BY CASSIDY MIDDLETON AND COURTNEY SNAPP
ven at the early age of seven, sophomore Audra Keeling knew she had a dream she was destined to
achieve. “I remember telling my dad, ‘Dad I want to play soccer in college. That’s what I want to do,” Keeling said. And that is just what she will do. Just as a sophomore at Bishop Kelley High School, Audra has already verbally committed to the University of Arkansas to play soccer. Originally she dreamed of playing at OSU because of her family’s history there, but when she toured Arkansas she began to think otherwise. Keeling said “I was never bored, the campus is gorgeous, and I loved the coaches. I didn’t have that at OSU.” She knew immediately that Arkansas was the right fit for her. But what makes Keeling such a suitable fit for college soccer? Her TSC Hurricane teammate, Jenna Byers, has many reasons to explain why. “Audra is the type of soccer player who is able to thrive in any position,” Byers says, “She is a very strong player who knocks down people then helps them up.” Keeling believes her strong suit in the game is her ability to defend, which is important considering one of her positions is defensive center mid. As the defensive center mid, Keeling can go up and attack but has to make sure there is no one on one confrontation on the back line. She’s also a good team player. Byers also said that “Audra can always back me up when I fault, she
is very reliable.” Keeling showed her talent and sportsmanship last spring when she helped Bishop Kelley beat Jenks at the soccer state championship. She believes it was her ability to run off the ball that helped her help the team gain the state title. Her teammate, Ellen Edmonds thinks differently.
“Audra puts 388% of her effort into playing soccer,” sophomore Ellen Edmonds said.
“She has flawless technique when it comes to her touch, defending, and cutting players.” Edmonds said “Audra puts 388 percent of her effort into playing soccer.” Although Keeling hopes to do well with soccer at Arkansas, she does not wish to move forward with the game after college. “Realistically they make no money. I want the whole get married and have kids sort of thing. If I do progress with soccer after college, great, but I’m not determined to make it that far,” Keeling said. Instead, Keeling hopes to get a degree in business or sports medicine. Right now though, she just wants to focus on her friends, family, and school. “I want to mainly focus on right now and not my future so much. Because it’s the decisions I make now that will help me to further achieve my goals.”
In a rush to get the ball, Keeling runs hard. The Comets beat the Owasso Rams 4-0. Photo by Isabel Dobrin.
Super excited, the Bishop Kelley Girls soccer team poses at the scoreboard after they won state. The team defeated the Jenks Trojans in 2013 3-2. Photo by Hayley Stephens.
Making a run up the field, Keeling awaits a pass from her teammate. The game was against the Bixby Spartans in the play offs, and the outcome was a win of 8-1. Photo by Gracie Taylor.
BK Fantasy Football Teams Male & Female students compete for glory in fantasy football
any students love football: playing, watching it on TV or going to games at school or a local colleges. Some students enjoy football so much they form groups to start their very own fantasy football league. The NFL season started in September. Before the season starts, groups form their own leagues with their friends. Next, team “owners” pick players. What a team needs is based on a players’ skill levels and filling all the positions required. For instance, senior Madeline McKenzie picked Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson as one of her fantasy football players. She said she picked him because “he is really fast and has great talent.” Peterson went first in most drafts, according to ESPN. “Picking Adrian Peterson was just too great of an opportunity to pass up,” McKenzie said. In the first week of NFL play, Peterson got Mckenzie “a total of 28 points.”
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“If you are good at it, you can win money, which is always fun,” Soule said. Another player who was drafted high was Ray Rice, the starting running back for the Baltimore Ravens. Senior Stephanie Kraczyk, who is in the same fantasy football league as McKenzie, picked him as one of her first picks. “I liked Ray Rice before he got hurt,” Kraczyk said. When a player gets injured during the season, it can be pretty hurtful to the amount of points the owner can get. Although Ray Rice was injured due to a hip flexor strain, Kraczyk said, “I think my defense still gets me the most points.” In the same league as McKenzie and Kraczyk is senior Katie Greenwell. She said her top player is “Julio Jones from the Atlanta Falcons because he is very consistent.” Greenwell, an Alabama fan, further said
Winning in the fantasy football game in week 4 of the season, senior Katie Greenwell plays senior Amanda Perez and wins. Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning made 29 points total for Team Greenwell, and New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz made a total of 22 points for Team Perez. Screenshot photo by senior Katie Greenwell
that “Jones is the best because he is also a former Alabama player.” Once team owners have a team and a full bench, they are pitted against one another each week as their individual players receive points based on their performance in their game that week. Those points are totalled for the entire team, and in a match-up, the person with the most points wins. Teams that do the best over the course of the season go to playoffs. Another league from school, the BK Footballers, consists of junior William Soule and other junior boys. Soule described fantasy football as “fun because it makes every NFL game that week much more important.” Further, Soule said he finds fantasy football very enjoyable because “you have someone else to cheer for besides your favorite NFL team.” One of Soule’s favorite thing about fantasy football is winning. “If you are good at it, you can win money, which is always really fun,” Soule said. czyk
Senior Madeline McKenzie’s fantasy football team is beating senior Stephanie Kraczyk’s team. For Team McKenzie, New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees makes 32 points total in week 4 of the fantasy football season. Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush makes a total of 22 points for Team Krawcyzk. Screenshot photo by senior Madeline McKenzie
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