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Youth group takes big step toward growing faith

By Rachel Lamb

Students in the youth group at Georgetown Christian Church have been looking for ways in which they can deepen and grow their faith.

Starting on April 20, a project called “Deeper Life” will begin. Throughout this project, students will complete a number of tasks, such as scripture and book reading, journals, devotionals, quizzes, and service projects.

Some of the requirements are considered simple, but others are seen as difficult.

“I have memorized many verses in the Bible and know all of the books in order, so Bible reading will not be a problem for me,” said senior Timon Stermer.

Some students, such as junior Jacob Huntley, said that processing what they read will be difficult.

“The hardest part for me will be mostly with day to day stuff like Bible reading and journaling.”

Huntley added that he has an obligation to fulfill through this and even through difficult times, he will still manage to grow as a Christian.

Youth minister Chris Cowsert shared what he thinks students will struggle with the most.

“They will definitely be challenged with everything that is asked of them during this project, but they have a chance to prove what each of them are capable of.”

Once each student can prove that he or she has grown deeply in their faith, a free five-day trip to Florida during fall break will be given to the ones that fulfill all of the requirements.

“It is not an everyday location, so it is a very big deal to them that going to the beach is the reward,” said Cowsert.

However, a free trip is not all that freshman Kaelyn Gibson wants to get out of this opportunity.

“I want to participate in this because I have gone through some rough times. Honestly, I just want to become closer to God.”

Fall Festival opens up volunteer opportunities for FC students

Freshman Kaeyln Gibson helps out a little girl that is attempting to shoot a basketball. Photo by Rachel Lamb
Freshman Kaeyln Gibson helps out a little girl that is attempting to shoot a basketball. Photo by Rachel Lamb.

Photos by Rachel Lamb

By Megan Johnson

On Thursday Oct. 31, Georgetown Christian Church held their annual Fall Festival. This event allowed children and their parents to walk around the church while playing games, collecting candy, socializing and enjoying the free food. A few FC students who are in the church’s youth group took time out of their Halloween to help their community  with such festivities.

Freshman John Reas shared his opinion on what he believes helping does for his community.

“It means a lot to the kids and helps the parents out. It also gives teens a chance to do something with them.”

One of the major ways they can help is leading a game that children can play.

“It means a lot to the kids. When you’re a kid, everything is magical,” said junior Sam Stermer.

Stermer also shared that he believes children look up to teenagers, which makes the experience even more enjoyable for them.

Freshman Kaelyn Gibson shared that it doesn’t just affect the children, but also the teens who participate.

“I just wanted to do it because it makes me feel good. Like, I’m really doing something.”

During an arm wrestling competition, freshman John Reas plays referee. Photo by Rachel Lamb
During an arm wrestling competition, freshman John Reas plays referee. Photo by Rachel Lamb.
While little boys are busy playing a carpet ball match, junior Sam Stermer acts as a referee. Photo by Rachel Lamb
While little boys are busy playing a carpet ball match, junior Sam Stermer acts as a referee. Photo by Rachel Lamb.
Junior Jacob Huntley calls a child out for "rough-housing" on the blow up obstacle course. Photo by Rachel Lamb
Junior Jacob Huntley calls a child out for “rough-housing” on the blow up obstacle course. Photo by Rachel Lamb.
Freshman Dustin Ramsey spins a wheel to win candy. Photo by Rachel Lamb
Freshman Dustin Ramsey spins a wheel to win candy. Photo by Rachel Lamb.
Freshman Chandler Lewis, dressed as a baseball player, calls out numbers during a bingo game. Photo by Rachel Lamb
Freshman Chandler Lewis, dressed as a baseball player, calls out numbers during a bingo game. Photo by Rachel Lamb.
Dressed as a football player, junior Alexa Tuell marks her card during a game of bingo. Photo by Rachel Lamb
Dressed as a football player, junior Alexa Tuell marks her card during a game of bingo. Photo by Rachel Lamb.

Upcoming artist Meadow Ryann shares her story

By Megan Johnson and Sydney Sears

As we all know, growing up is a challenging struggle. For most high school students, an average day is a hard task to endure. Waking up, going to school, doing homework/chores and sometimes even the additional drama is what teens have come to know as “just another day.”

However, imagine being a nationally known singer/songwriter and having to deal with all of the above. This is the life of 13 year-old singer/songwriter Meadow Ryann.

“[Stardom] didn’t affect my school or social life in a great way. It didn’t make school any easier and didn’t make people easier to deal with. I was always gone,” said Ryann.

Due to Ryann having to travel to other states to perform she could not regularly attend school. The same situation occurred as well when it came to her other extra-curricular activities such as cheerleading and swimming.

“I could never do any of the normal things kids would do. I couldn’t cheer anymore, I couldn’t swim anymore. I couldn’t be in class anymore because I was always gone,” said Ryann.

Ryann also explained that as she began her journey towards stardom, having a social life became even harder. Ryann’s mother/manager Jeannine Drollinger shared her thoughts on how Ryann’s life was affected by stardom.

“People used to say things behind her back, but now they send us private messages on social media,” said Drollinger.

She explained that within these messages, people sometimes questioned her motives as a mother.

“I get really upset when people say, ‘You’re just trying to make her famous.’ My quote is there’s a difference in being famous and being successful. I use that all the time.”

Drollinger also shared that sometimes people tend to underestimate Ryann as well.

“I hear a lot, ‘Oh she’s just a singer.’ But there’s so much more that goes along with it,” said Drollinger.

She explained that as Ryann’s manager, she has to book gigs, shows and has to spend several hours just managing Ryann’s social media accounts. Ryann also has to go to different recording sessions, concerts, shows and photo/video shoots that take a lot of effort and hard work.

“They think she just shows up on stage and there she is, but there’s so much more that goes along with it.”

In spite of all the negativity flowing through her life at that time, Ryann now has a positive light to help her through any dark time. Her light  is her singing and songwriting.

“I feel like writing songs can make anyone happy. I feel like there have been so many times that I’ve just been in a bad mood and I’m just so depressed, and I’ll write something and it’ll just brighten my mood. It’s like a hug from an instrument.”

Ryann feels her music style is very special and unique.

“If you took Taylor Swift, Avril Lavigne, and Nora Jones, even Ed Sheeran and you mixed them all together, that’d be me,” said Ryann with a smile.

Freshman Kaelyn Gibson met Ryann at her friends party over the summer and has become friends with the upcoming star.

“We just clicked,” said Gibson.

Gibson mentioned that upon meeting the singer, she found out about Ryann’s career. Gibson said that Ryann is different from other singers because she’s shy and sweet and not wrapped up in herself like many other artists. Despite Ryann’s shy and girly persona, she enjoys other artists and bands like Blake Veil Brides, Sleeping with Sirens and NeverShoutNever.

“Ryann’s music is gonna be really popular. I think she has a lot going for her,” said Gibson.

Ryann also shared that she lives by several slogans that help her get through the hard times.

“I have several slogans that I use a lot. It may sound ‘corny’ or ‘cheesy’ but it really, really helps. For example, if someone calls you a chair. Does that really mean you’re a chair? Obviously, no you aren’t. You’re a human being. So if someone calls you an ugly or a nasty name, does that mean that you are that thing? No.”

Drollinger added one last comment regarding to  Ryann’s success.

“Sometimes I’m just like ‘How do you come up with this stuff?’ It’s just pure raw emotion that she brings to me. I’m proud, very obviously, proud.”

If you are interested in learning more about Ryann, her musical abilities and where she will be performing next you can visit her website. She will have a 5 song EP released in mid-September, containing her own original song, “That is Love.” You can connect to her via Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Soundcloud, Reverbnation and email through her site. If you wish to contact her through ask.fm or instagram search “Meadow Ryann.”