Future artist making most of opportunity
Kelsey Fallesen says the best advice she's received is "Make the most of every opportunity."
The busy Lansing High School senior has let few opportunities escape her - she's a member of Leadership Council, Kayettes, Vocal Music Club, Drama Club, Tri-M, National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, varsity soccer, her church youth group and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. And that's not even all of her activities.
Among other things, Fallesen is also an artist - she recently won a scholarship from the Leavenworth County Artists Association for a portfolio of her work. She plans to use her skills and her scholarship next fall at Oklahoma Christian University in Oklahoma City, where she intends to major in graphic design.
Fallesen said she had considered going to the University of Kansas but chose OCU because she has grown up in Lansing.
"I kind of wanted to go somewhere new," she said. "I think it's going to be exciting."
Although she said she would miss her family and friends she's grown up with, Fallesen said it would be easier for her to go someplace where she wouldn't know anyone.
"It'll force me to get out and meet people," she said.
Fallesen said when she was younger she didn't think she would still be doing art in high school, but she said she enjoyed it. Last summer, she attended a camp in Chicago where she learned general design concepts, which helped her decide to major in graphic design. But her decision was also a practical one.
"I didn't think I could live off of fine art," she said. "Graphic design seemed more sensible."
In addition to her art scholarship, Fallesen has earned several other scholarships, including two from the Leavenworth County Junior Miss competition. Fallesen competed this past June and received scholarships for second runner-up and for academics. She said the scholarship money had enticed her to participate.
Fallesen said the competition involved interviews with judges; an aerobic routine; a talent competition, for which she wrote and sang a song; and a poise routine, which she called "prancing around onstage to music."
"I don't think I'd do that kind of thing again," she said.
Parents: Jon and Mary Fallesen
Favorite teacher ever: Mrs. Beall, fifth grade, Lansing Intermediate School
Best advice received: Live life with a purpose. "Make the most of every opportunity." -Colossians 4:5
What she'll miss most about high school: Friends!