FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
I'm blessed to work at a wonderful school, full of wonderful students, doing amazing things. Fall is the time for football, marching band, cheerleaders, and Indianettes. I'm so lucky to be able to photograph them throughout the school year and provide them with photos.
August 11th was "Meet the Indians" night. It is a time where we get to see all the new teams perform before the real games and competitions start.
My daughter is in the band. I love listening to how amazing they sound. I like taking pictures of them, but it is very challenging to capture moments where you can see their faces.
The cheerleaders at Fort Osage amaze me. When I think back to being in high school, the cheerleaders stood on the sideline and led cheers. This group of girls does so much more. Pyramids, dancing, tosses, and tumbling all get added in along with the cheering. Anyone who thinks that cheerleading isn't a sport hasn't watched what these amazing young ladies can do!
The Indianettes are the dance team at our school. They are amazing, and put in so many hours, year round. Again, people will argue that dance isn't a sport, but when they are out there dancing all out for 5-6 minutes... I would challenge others to try it sometime. The coordination and stamina they have amazes me every time I watch them.
Lastly, the main reason people show up on Friday night... the football team. I haven't quite perfected photographing football yet. I always seem to be on the wrong sideline, or behind the play, or the running back cuts the other way. I am lucky occasionally and get a good shot, and I love the challenge.
This "Meet the Indians" night was a special one for another reason. Mr. Moore, our high school principal, was diagnosed with cancer and missed the first semester of the 2016-2017 year. When I turned around and saw him on the sideline this year, it reminded me of how important he is to this school and these children. I'm so inspired by his fight, and his victory.
Welcome back Mr. Moore.