Kayla Tykosky

Beyond The Rock crew runs video production at Big Ticket Festival

July 5, 2012 // 0 Comments

by KRIS DEYOUNG Loud music, famous bands, world-renowned speakers, thousands of fans and, most importantly, elephant ears are all part of this year’s Big Ticket Festival, which took place at Allegan County Fairgrounds June 14-16. The Big Ticket Festival is one of the largest Christian music festivals in the state of Michigan. It is a ministry run by the nonprofit Free Spirit Ministries and sponsored by many different entities including Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids. Each year upwards of 8,000 people come out each day for this family event, which truly has something for everyone. Each year some of the biggest names in Christian music hit one of three stages, impressing the crowds with their high energy and faith-filled performances. This year over 90 different artists performed, including hit artists such as Newsboys, Chris Tomlin, Brandon Heath, Sidewalk Prophets, Shane and Shane, and many more. While taking in all the shows, families are also drawn to the multitude of other events and opportunities. Whether it is watching the Strongman team bend metal bars around their necks and rip phonebooks in half, or checking out the motocross dirt bikes defy gravity as they float back flips high above the crowd, it is three days of nonstop entertainment. There is even a special place for the younger kids (and the occasional adult) in the Kid Zone, which has every inflatable game you can imagine. At the heart of the festival are the ministries that seek to serve others, help those in need, and share the message of their faith. From toddlers to senior citizens, and everyone in between, the grounds are sprinkled with people who want to make a difference. The ministry of Operation Christmas Child, for example, allows festival fans to help stuff boxes filled with gifts and basic necessities to benefit kids in need around Christmas time. Many walk through the various tents like this one to see how they can play a part in helping someone in some way. It is love in action—truly a festival of fun, family, and a higher calling. “I learned that there is way more to a person than what meets the eye,” commented Beyond The Rock student producer Lynsey Bettig. This year Rockford High School (RHS) students, like […]

Rockford TV studio claims Pillar of Excellence

May 31, 2012 // 0 Comments

by KRIS DEYOUNG When one hears about major accomplishments in the field of television, often thoughts go to that of a luxurious ceremony representing what is known as “Television’s Gold.” Those in the TV industry are recognized for the greatest of accomplishments and performances both in front of and behind the lens. Those of us on the couch at home get to enjoy seeing some of our favorite shows and their creators as they wait in anticipation for this highly coveted award. That which is not often known to many is the high school division of the Emmys, which takes place all across the country. This year, Rockford students entered into the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences annual competition. This award represents outstanding television journalism by high school students. The best of the best around the state compete. This year, a group of Rockford seniors in the Advanced TV Studio classes took home first-place honors in the category of serious news. The team of students included Anna Dood, Kayla Tykosky, Mallory Bolin and David Dominiak. This team had the honor to cover the unique and sobering Healing Fields event that took place this past fall at Cannonsburg Ski Lodge, commemorating the 10th anniversary of the September 11 tragedy. This Pillar of Excellence is only the second ever to be won in the program, the last coming over seven years ago. The students were both shocked and honored at their victory. One of the lead videographers on the project, Tykosky shared how much she was impacted by the event itself. “September 11, 2001 was a major event that happened in our lives and impacted so many people,” she commented. “It was inspiring to hear how important remembering that day was to so many—even ten years later.” TV Studio instructor Kris DeYoung was most impressed with the level of professionalism in the project as well as the dedication from his kids. “These students were so impacted by the event that they really felt compelled to create a piece that was honoring to those lives who were affected by that tragic day. The students put in countless hours, and had a commitment to perfection, and the end result was one amazing video.” […]

Rockford varsity softball splits with Hudsonville

May 19, 2011 // 0 Comments

Rams, Eagles, Bulldogs all tied atop OK Red It took more than 72 hours to complete, but when the dust finally settled on the key softball doubleheader between the Rockford Rams and the two-time defending state champion Hudsonville Eagles, the teams split the thrilling twin bill. The host Rams won Tuesday’s first game 1-0 in walk-off fashion, and the Eagles came out on top in game two by a score of 4-3, in a game which was concluded on Friday after darkness had suspended the extra-inning affair Tuesday evening with the score tied 3-3 after eight exciting innings. The games featured a match-up of two of the state’s premier pitchers in returning All State players Tricia Graham from Rockford and Sara Driesenga of Hudsonville. Graham uses a tremendous variety of pitches, including a rise, a curve, and a great change-up to go with her fastball. The six-foot-two Driesenga features a powerful fastball and a drop, and she will occasionally throw a screwball and a change-up. Both hurlers are headed to Division I college programs in the fall. Graham, who has rewritten the pitching record books at Rockford, will pitch at Central Michigan University. Her 435 strikeouts and 29 victories in 2010 are both school records, and she owns many career records and is closing in on many others as well. Driesenga, who will play at the University of Michigan, is a leading candidate for the state’s Miss Softball Award this season after being named the National Junior Softball Player of the Year in 2010 by ESPN Rise and Gatorade’s Michigan Player of the Year each of the past two years. With such dominant pitchers on the mound, everybody expected that runs would be at a premium. In game one, that was certainly the case. The Eagles had a number of opportunities in the game, but Graham worked her magic and came up with the key outs when she needed them the most, often on strikeouts at critical times. She also got help from her defense. In the first inning, with two runners on and two out for the Eagles, third baseman Brooke Agers ripped a shot deep to left-center field. Rams left-fielder Carmen Zeboor raced to her left and snared the ball just before it […]