One of the most frightening times of my life was when I found out that I would be in charge of the conduct, schedule and safety of a group of seventh-grade boys at a church ministry’s summer camp, but looking back on it, I wouldn’t change a thing.
That’s me, Jack Gienke, camp counselor, at the top-right of this photo with the “W” cap, ready to take care of several middle school boys whose parents trusted me with their most-prized possessions. But as I reflect back on that summer of 2015, and reflect further back on the time of my life when I was around their age, I recall fond memories and life-changing experiences for me and for these boys. Photo by Jack Gienke
The death penalty has been a sensitive topic in the United States for many years. Although 28 states still allow the death penalty, more states have continued to abolish it. Over the past few decades, previously verifiable reasons for the death penalty have become more questionable. A poll taken in 2018 showed that 54% of Americans support the death penalty. A more recent poll conducted in 2019 shows that number has increased by 2% in America, bringing the total up to 56%. In 2021, are there still reasons to be in favor of the death penalty?
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Have you ever looked up at a big cliff with rock climbers dangling from what looks like threads and thought, “Wow, it really seems like they have life all figured out?” You most likely have not thought that. While I certainly don’t have everything figured out, I have learned a lot of lessons during my time as a rock climber.
The art of rock climbing is very intense and can often be dangerous, requiring several measures of safety. Despite its danger, rocking climbing is an outdoor activity enjoyed by many across cultures and continents. Photo by Luke Little
One of the most valuable and perhaps unexpected ways to expand your knowledge of the world around you is to get outside of your bubble and travel, whether that equates to traveling the world, traveling the country or just exploring your own state.
A mountain view from a clear and beautiful day at the University of Colorado at Boulder. While a photo of mountain ranges like this are beautiful, there is nothing quite like seeing it with your own eyes. Photo by Hannah Leahy