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April 30, 2015

#ThrowBAG Thursday

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A few weeks ago, I completed an assignment for Public Relations class, in which I was assignment to a group and we had to organize an event for a local non-profit company. We chose Kids TLC, an organization that provides shelter and social services to children and youth who are facing abuse, neglect or family disruption, located right here in Olathe. We planned this event basically the whole semester. We had weekly meetings, contacted various people, gathered a lot donations in order to carry out our event. My group had a little bit of everything, a comedian, a perfectionist, a peacemaker, a worker, and an enigma.

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Our glorious leader, Kensi Kitsmiller. She was our peacemaker, she was a benevolent ruler, and she never did anything or order anyone to do anything without making sure everyone was on board with here decisions

Ladies & Gentlemen, meet Armand Banks, our comedian also he was the one who kept track of our notebook and made sure everything that we all did for event was in our notebook.

Ladies & Gentlemen, meet Armand Banks, our comedian also he was the one who kept track of our notebook and made sure everything that we all did for event was in our notebook. I played football with Armand at MNU.

Next we have our perfectionist, Rebecca Smith (aka Becky). As you can see Becky has a son, and well... really she has a lot on her plate. She has multiple jobs, goes to school, and takes care of her son. I'm so impressed with how she handles herself. She was our secretary she wrote downs everything at our weekly meetings and she answered all of our questions about what we were all assigned in each meeting. She by herself almost spent about $100 dollars on our event, (Good thing MNU paid her back.)

Next we have our perfectionist, Rebecca Smith (aka Becky). As you can see Becky has a son, and well… really she has a lot on her plate. She has multiple jobs, goes to school, and takes care of her son. I’m so impressed with how she handles herself. She was our secretary she wrote downs everything at our weekly meetings and she answered all of our questions about what we were all assigned in each meeting. She by herself almost spent about $100 dollars on our event, (Good thing MNU paid her back.)

Now here is our enigma, Mauricio Bobino. This guy is unique individual to say the least. He never really talked  much at our meetings, also he worried us a lot because it seemed like he never understood the task that we given to him, but he always did was he was supposed to and surprised us a lot by going above and beyond in some of his taks. I also played football with Mauricio.

Now here is our enigma, Mauricio Bobino. This guy is unique individual to say the least. He never really talked much at our meetings, also he worried us a lot because it seemed like he never understood the task that we given to him, but he always did was he was supposed to and surprised us a lot by going above and beyond in some of his taks. I also played football with Mauricio.

As for me, I was the worker. I was appointed the graphic designer of the group, and it was my job to come up with some cool designs for the project.

As for me, I was the worker. I just kept my head down, and I did what I was told. I was appointed the graphic designer of the group, and it was my job to come up with some cool designs for the project. 

The idea we come up with (after our first idea was shot down by our teacher) was #throwBAGthursday. ThrowBAG Thursday was a challenge for the day of April 9th, instead of you using your backpack, my group and I are challenged people to carry plastic bags instead. We extended this challenge to raise awareness for homeless kids in Johnson County. We had check points at the library and campus center for chances to enter in a drawing for gift cards and other prizes, but you had to your bag to enter the drawing. Our event specifically highlighted the Kid’s TLC SOS (Street Outreach Services) program, which is a mobile community based unit providing social intervention services to youth ages 12-21 who are couch surfing, getting kicked out of the house, thinking about leaving home, experiencing homelessness as a part of a family, or living on the streets. I loved our idea and I had a blast designing stuff for it.

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I mean come on, you guys tell me what you think.

I also played of the whole throwback thursday thing, also I brought back someone that well… everyone should know (but some of you younger kids have no idea who this guy is).

Yes thats right I brought back Steve Urkel from Family Matters.

Yes thats right I brought back Steve Urkel from Family Matters.

I mean if this guy doesn't catch you attention, and make you read the flyer, then idk what else would do.

I mean if this guy doesn’t catch you attention, and make you read the flyer, then idk what else would do.

Our event was a massive success, all over campus you could see people, walking around with plastic bags and raising awareness for the SOS program.

We even had a lot of MNU staff and faculty participating. Here is the marketing office getting ready to join into our event.

We even had a lot of MNU staff and faculty participating. Here is the marketing office getting ready to join into our event.

Kensi and Armand are getting the last preparations together before we kicked off our event.

Kensi and Armand are getting the last preparations together before we kicked off our event.

Throughout the whole day we we had over 400 MNU students and staff take part and it was amazing.

Students like Mario, were essential to making our program a success. Mario told everyone about our event and I can't even imagine how many people took part in our event because he told them about it.

Students like Mario, were essential to making our program a success. Mario told everyone about our event and I can’t even imagine how many people took part in our event because he told them about it.

Here are a couple of our models. Trent Hedlund the MNU starting QB, and Lafaele Passelio the starting LT. These guys were excited to be our models and I made sure they were shown all over twitter, Facebook, instagram, and snapchat.

Here are a couple of our models. Trent Hedlund the MNU starting QB, and Lafaele Passelio the starting LT. These guys were excited to be our models and I made sure they were shown all over twitter, Facebook, instagram, and snapchat.

Our event ended with a speaker from Kids TLC talking to some of people who entered our drawing about what they can do to help the homeless in Johnson County and giving them some facts about homelessness.

Our event ended with a speaker from Kids TLC talking to some of people who entered our drawing about what they can do to help the homeless in Johnson County and giving them some facts about homelessness.

I was so honored to raise awareness and do what I could to help Kid’s TLC and their SOS program. Our event so was so successful, and you already know we received a good grade on the whole. What was the grade you ask? Idk yet, I’ll find out when the final grades come out.

Katie Linsey

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April 23, 2015

MNU to Drexel, Missouri

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This week, I had the privilege of making a video for the Nazarene district highlighting MNU’s time at a church in Drexel, Missouri. Watch this video to find out how MNU became involved, what it has meant for students, and how it’s impacted the community in the church.


-KT

Luther Okeyo

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April 1, 2015

The Track Season is Underway!!!

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Well the track season is here and the HCA (Heritage Christian Academy, in case you didn’t know) Track & Field Team has been working hard getting ready for the upcoming season. We have about 40 kids running track this year and in the few weeks I have been able to work with them, I’ve seen amazing growth and last Thursday we had our first meet… The Sherwood Invitational which was in Creighton, Missouri and there were 6 other schools competing with us as well.

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The Varsity Squad (high school) did great. You could tell that we still had some work to do, but overall Coach and I saw some great potential and you already know that I’ll get them ready for the next meet.

You know what… I just realized that I haven’t even  told you guys anything about these guys. I will but first… I gotta be honest,coaching these has been such a blessing. It is awesome that I am able to pass on the little that I know about track to these kids. They are everything a coach would want in athletes. they work hard, they listen (well most of the time), they want to get better and are always willing to learn. Despite all these positives, there is one big negative, (well it wouldn’t be as fun if it was good all the time) they do whine a lot but what do you expect from and I’m willing to put up with whining like it but  if they are going to give me their all when it comes time to compete.

Ladies and gentlemen, meet the head honcho, the boss lady, the lady with the master the master plan, Heritage Christian Head Track Coach Christen Moore.  I wish you could just sit and talk to her, she is a kind and gentle soul ( I know the picture doesn't look

Ladies and gentlemen, meet the head honcho, the boss lady, the lady with the master the master plan, the Heritage Christian Head Track & Field Coach, Christen Moore. I wish you could just sit and talk to her, she is a kind and gentle soul (I know the picture doesn’t show it but she really one of the kindest people I have ever met.) She has two kids who also run track for Heritage Christian and they are studs by the way, but they are in middle school and their first meet isn’t for another week. She is a nurse and and she teaches a class for other upcoming prospective nurses how to pass their nursing exams. Oh yea she also runs MARATHONS! Yea… I’m not kidding… marathons and she is going to be running at the Boston Marathon this year!

We were missing a couple people from our varsity squad due to other commitments and I’ll introduce you to them later but here are the members of the Heritage Christian Varsity Squad:

First of all we have our arguably two best athletes. They are actually playing two sports right now, they both also play soccer. Allan on the left and CJ on the right. Allan ran track last year and he primarily runs the short distance track events. He ran the 100, 200, and was apart of our 4x100 relay team. CJ has never ran track before but boy it sure didn't look like it. He balled out and Coach Moore and I are so excited to see him develop as we keep going through the season. Both of these guys did great and they made a lot of noise at the track meet so now we can't hid them from anybody anymore. Well so much for strategy

First of all we have our arguably two best athletes. They are actually playing two sports right now, they both also play soccer.

Allan on the left and CJ on the right. Allan ran track last year and he primarily runs the short distance track events. He ran the 100, 200, and was apart of our 4×100 relay team. CJ has never ran track before but boy it sure didn’t look like it. He balled out and Coach Moore and I are so excited to see him develop as we keep going through the season. Both of these guys did great and they made a lot of noise at the track meet so now we can’t hid them from anybody anymore. Well so much for strategy.

Here we have Ross and Mathew. They are our distance runners. They are a couple of quiet guys who just take their lunch pail to work everyday and get the job done, in a manner of speaking.

Here we have Ross and Mathew. They are our distance runners. They are a couple of quiet guys who just take their lunch pail to work everyday and get the job done, in a manner of speaking.

Ross on the left and Mathew on the right, both of these guys run track last year for HCA as well. Ross is a guy with a lot of potential, during the meet coach and I figured out that his best race is the 800 (2 laps around the track as fast as you can… yea I know it sounds terrible.) But he also ran the 400, was apart of the 4×100 relay team, and he threw discuss. This guy is just a jack of all trades. Mathew reminds me a lot of myself, he runs basically the same events that I did and he has the same body type as me. (Unfortunately he isn’t as funny as I am, but I’m nowhere near a survivalist like he is. I’m pretty sure if there was a zombie apocalypse or something this guy would know what to do.) Mathew came in second in high jump, but he also ran the 1600, 800 (he actually beat Ross… I smell a rivalry brewing!), and was apart of the 4×100 relay.

Here we have two members of the squad (#squadgoals, sorry I promised them I would put it in the blog) Katie aka "elbows" and Bonnie aka "cheeks". Unfortunately the other two members of the squad Annie and Abby (who are twins by the way) were on vacation in Florida at the time and couldn't be apart of the meet.

Here we have two members of the squad (#squadgoals, sorry I promised them I would put it in the blog) Katie aka “elbows” and Bonnie aka “cheeks”. Unfortunately the other two members of the squad Annie and Abby (who are twins by the way) were on vacation in Florida at the time and couldn’t be apart of the meet. All 4 members of the squad are all cheerleaders for HCA.

The squad is inseparable. You should’ve seen them when they all got together on Friday after the meet. It was ridiculous it was the twins were gone for like a month or something but they were really only gone like 5 days. I guess now I know the meaning of true friendship. They do everything together at practice and I mean EVERYTHING! They warm up together, run together, they all talk at the same time and can still carry a conversation, they even laugh at the same things, I’m always amazed at how in synch they all are. Anyway, Katie ran the 100, 200, 400, and threw the shot put. I call her elbows because when she ran she never moved them, to be honest it was really weird. In practice I kept screaming elbows at her so she would move her elbows and pretty soon the name just stuck as her nickname. If you’ve been paying attention you probably already guessed that Bonnie ran the EXACT same races that elbows did. I call her cheeks because she reminds of Alexis Pacheco who plays softball for MNU, who I sometimes baby cheeks, because her brother Kyle who used to attend MNU and I played football with… his nickname was cheeks. So now the nickname is going around.

Last but not least is Kelly aka Machine Gun Key (yea like that one guy). Kelly is stud and she has never ran track before this year. She plays basketball for HCA. I posed with her because she didn't anybody to pose for a picture with her eveyrbody was already taken but you know I got a fresh cut for the meet tho!

Last but not least is Kelly aka Machine Gun Key (yea like that one guy). Kelly is stud and she has never ran track before this year. She plays basketball for HCA. I posed with her because she didn’t anybody to pose for a picture with her everybody was already taken but you know I got a fresh cut for the meet tho!

Kelly is everything in a track runner I wish I was in high school. She is a leader, she always wants to learn more, she is constantly asking questions in order to get better. All while publicly stating that she HATES track, as matter of fact she DESPISES it. It’s amazing that she never ran track before. She won her heat in the 100 (and it wasn’t even close). She ran the 100, 200, she long jumped, and threw shot put. I called her Machine Guy Kelly cause she is rapid fire in everything she does. I’m so excited to watch her run this season.

Our next meet is actually tomorrow (aka Thursday, April 2) in Ottawa, Kansas for the Ottawa Invitational. I am not going to that meet, I’m staying behind to train the middle school kids. I’m bummed I can’t go but I get to run practice my way this time and I can’t wait to run these kids into the ground… Hahaha just kidding… or am I?

Oh yea… Happy April Fools Day.

Aaron Merrell

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March 29, 2015

Cracking Down

March 29, 2015 | By | One Comment

Hey everyone,

Not sure what to blog about this week, so I figured I’d just talk about what’s going on.

It’s coming down to the wire here at MNU, with just a month left of school, and it seems like I have something stressful going on in every part of my life.

Thursday night, we had our second Awakening. This time, we had it outside on the circle lawn, and it was SO good. The setting was perfect, and we got closer again to accomplishing what we’ve set out to do: to see our campus set on fire for God.

Today, I visited a different church than my home church and had a great time. It’s called Mission Church and it’s in Lenexa, KS.

Tonight we have Nazzy Night Live. It’s being put on by ASG and it’s basically the MNU version of SNL. There will be sketches, videos and even a jazz band. I led a group that came up with a few of the sketch and video ideas, and we think we did a pretty good job, but tonight’s audience will be the judge of that.

I’m looking forward to serving as the ASG Director of Social Life for the next school year. Tonight after Nazzy Night Live we’re having a meeting about a leadership event we’re attending called Nazarene Student Leadership Conference (NSLC). The event is being held at our Nazarene sister school, Olivet Nazarene University. We’re all very excited to go and learn about how to be an effective leader and work as a team.

Presley Wilson is the current ASG Director of Social Life, and I’ve started training and shadowing under her. We are in the process of getting things ready for our end of the year event, Glow With the Flow, so you can definitely expect to hear about that in a future blog.

My church’s annual egg hunt, Eggstreme Eggstravaganza, is coming up this Saturday and I couldn’t be more excited to see a bunch of little kids running around a field picking up plastic and candy. Kidding. It actually will be a really fun event, and a great community outreach opportunity however.

That’s what’s coming up in my life, thank you so much for reading.

Have a good week!

-Aaron

Luther Okeyo

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February 12, 2015

A Job Opportunity

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So just to let you guys know, I have been looking for a job for a while now and I finally go a got found a job that was interested in me enough to have me come in for an interview. The place I’m interviewing at is Heritage Christian Academy, it’s on 159th and Black Bob. I know this is going to sound kinda bad but it’s like MNU, if MNU was high school or middle school.

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This is me walking into Heritage Christian… I can’t describe to you how nervous I was, but I made sure that at least I wasn’t going to look bad for this interview and you already know my flat top game was on point.

 

Heritage Christian was looking for an assistant track coach and I saw the job posting on the job board on the MNU portal.

You guys should really use this thing. If you need a job just go to your portal and its under the undergraduate tab.

You guys should really use this thing. If you need a job just go to your portal and its under the undergraduate tab. There are plenty of jobs on their but you gotta be quick and call before the job are filled. They have everything from babysitting to being a receptionist.

I met with the Athletic Director, Tammi Wolt. She actually has 3 kids who also go to Heritage Christian. Two of them actually run track. I ran track in high school. I ran the 400 and the 800, most of the time I ran both events in the same track meet. I also long jumped, ran 4×1 relay, and 4×4 relay.

This is me running the 4x4 as you can see I'm moving at a near light speed pace, thats why the camera is having a tough time taking a good picture.

This is me running the 4×4 as you can see I’m moving at a near light speed pace, thats why the camera is having a tough time taking a good picture.

I loved running track in high school it’s too bad that MNU didn’t have a program when I came in. I sometimes wonder how good I could have been if I pursued a collegiate track career but that is another dream for another lifetime.

I can remember all the meets, the hard work and the painful breaths after victories. As you can see I have some top flight emotional support helping me out here.

I can remember all the meets, the hard work and the painful breaths after victories. As you can see I have some top flight emotional support helping me out here.

Anyway I thought my interview with Tammi went well and she is a big supporter of MNU, I think that really helped me out (BONUS POINTS!!!) Heritage Christian looks like a great place for me to lay down roots as I start to venture into the world. The kids at the school are nice, and you can see really feel that spirit of God flows through that place. It would be a wonder to work there, to help the kids get better on track and for kids and Heritage Christian help me get better on spiritual walk with Christ.

So I got the job and it's time to celebrate, looks like I'll be starting Monday. I'm so excited for this new opportunity.

So I got the job and it’s time to celebrate, looks like I’ll be starting Monday. I’m so excited for this new opportunity.

SO I GOT THE JOB!!!! I’M TOO PUMPED RIGHT NOW!!! CAN’T WAIT TO GET TO WORK!!! I’m excited if I can’t tell. They didn’t even let me leave the building, I met the Dean of student life we talked for a little bit and now I can’t wait to meet the head coach and get right down to business. I’m so excited, I just can’t hide it.  I don’t know the rest of the song goes but you get the idea. WOOOOOOOO!!!!!

Luther Okeyo

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February 10, 2015

The Willmer Family

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Willmer Family @ Arrowhead

The Willmer family after our 21-17 thriller win over #2 Missouri Valley at the defeat all cancer game at Arrowhead Stadium.

The Willmers are a pretty cool family. You have Coach Willmer  and his wife Lindsay, Emma (12) who is on the left, Addie Joy (10) on the right, Titus (6) who is wearing the Rangers shirt, and the twins Gwenyth & Nehemiah (4). I can honestly say I have never met another family like them.

First of all you have the twins Gwenyth & Nehemiah. Gwenyth is a little fireball of energy and don’t worry you’ll see what I mean in the video. She wouldn’t have let me leave her house until I played hide and seek with her and she is pretty good so I was at a disadvantage from the start. She loves to say amen a lot and she is so adorable.I can’t forget her twin Nehemiah, this guy looks like a future pioneer in the making. He reminds me a lot of myself back in the day. Except he has way more energy than I ever did when I was his age. Where do they store this energy? He isn’t a shy kid and I dare to sit down and talk to him for a few minutes and not fall in love with him. He is just too cool.

Next, you have Titus. I can’t really figure him out. In the video I don’t think Titus said three words, but after I done shooting the video, boy did he have things to say. I played UNO with him, Coach Willmer, and Lindsay. He is NOT a nice UNO play. I can’t tell you how many times he hit me with a draw 4, or skipped my turn. Once Titus has you down in UNO, he will never let you back up. Titus along with his family love MNU and football, but you can tell he just loves them both a little more.

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Here is Titus playing with my Wide Receiver coach Matt George after our win against Benedictine.

Finally you have the two older sisters of Emma, and Addie Joy. Emma is like a second mom, and she takes care of the younger kids like good older sister should. She loves to read and I could tell she is really into school. Also she loves that Kansas is lower-key than California. Addie Joy is also big into school. She is a very soft spoken, and person. Trust me I can attest to that, through the many hours I spent editing the video trying to get her voice to be louder. These girls were so nice and really went out of their way to make sure like I was apart of the family. They are great role models for their younger siblings as they all grow and mature together.

Emma and Addie Joy enjoying the game at Arrowhead.

Emma and Addie Joy enjoying the game at Arrowhead.

Last semester I had the opportunity to interview Coach Willmer and his family for the MNU newspaper… The Trailblazer. It was an amazing experience and I was able to see a side of coach that most people wouldn’t be able to see. For example: you never want to play UNO with Coach Willmer trust me you just don’t. Anyway before I even began the interview, coach stopped me and we proceeded to have dinner. After dinner I played hide and seek with his kids and UNO with whole family. It was an awesome time, I had so much fun that I almost forgot about the whole reason I went to go see coach and his family in the first place. I ended up making a video of the interview I had with Coach Willmer and his family. The video should be up by the end of the week, I’d love to just show the video but my hands are tied. Don’t worry though, I have some outtakes and things that didn’t make the final cut.

For example: like when Coach Willmer and his wife were almost on a pilot for an HGTV show.

Also I caught I little touching moment between a father and his son.

Finally, I had coach and his family talk about the difference between MNU and Azusa Pacific. Azusa was the school where he was previously coaching at. He was the defensive coordinator.

The Willmers are a pretty cool family. You have Coach Willmer  and his wife Lindsay, Emma (12) who is on the left, Addie Joy (10) on the right, Titus (6) who is wearing the Rangers shirt, and the twins Gwenyth & Nehemiah (4). I can honestly say I have never met another family like them.

First of all you have Gwenyth, she is a little fireball of energy and don’t worry you’ll see what I mean in the video. She wouldn’t have let me leave her house until I played hide and seek with her and she is pretty good so I was at a disadvantage from the start. She loves to say amen a lot and she is so adorable.

I can’t forget her twin Nehemiah, this guy looks like a future pioneer in the making. He reminds me a lot of myself back in the day.

Luther Okeyo

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November 13, 2014

A Very Special Veteran’s Day

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As you all know Tuesday was Veteran’s Day and now matter how you feel about the military, you just have to sit back and admire the sacrifices that they endure everyday to keep us safe, and help us enjoy the freedoms we have today. Just like Coach Willmer told us the other day, “Our freedom isn’t free, somebody else pays for it.” This day is now very special to me, you never really realize how important something is until it hits you personally. For me, this day is about my friend Cory Ellis and his family.

This is one of my best friend's Cory Ellis. He is a marine stationed in Japan. He is coming home in a couple of days, from his first tour of duty. I'm so proud of him and I'm honored to be friend and grateful for the sacrifices he made. I can't wait to see him again.

This is one of my best friends Cory Ellis. He is a corporal in marine core. He is stationed in Japan. He is coming home in a couple of days, from his first tour of duty. I’m so proud of him and I’m honored to be his friend and grateful for the sacrifices he made. I can’t wait to see him again. 

It takes a special kind of person, to able to take on the commitment that the armed forces require. The Ellis family knows that commitment all too well. First things first, this family is like my second family. They embraced me and made me when one of their own, when I was just a stupid kid high school who didn’t know any better. Some of the best moments in my life were made with this family. For example the creation of the wolf pack, the 4th of July incident, and I can’t forget the Fall Fridays when I had meatball subs before football games. They are a blessing, and I can’t even imagine who I would be  if they were were not apart of my life.

The Ellis kids in all their glory. This was when Cory graduated from boot camp. There is Cory in the middle (the oldest), Ryan on the left (second-oldest), Colin on the right (second-youngest), Morgan (youngest) in the middle.

The Ellis kids in all their glory. This was when Cory graduated from boot camp. There is Cory in the middle (the oldest), Ryan on the left (second-oldest), Colin on the right (second-youngest), Morgan (youngest) in the middle.

These guys are a collection of characters but I love each and everyone of them to death. As you know Cory went into the military, he is a corporal in the marine core. Cory has probably the sharpest wit this side of the Mississippi, he has a comeback for everything, and when you think you finally got him, that’s when you fall into his trap. Ryan is an enigma all of his own, you never really know what he is going to do, but I’ll tell you this right now don’t underestimate him, this little guy has more heart than anyone will ever give him credit for. Now we have Colin, this kid is just nuts sometimes. Yet you can always catch him in the some spot, downstairs in office, usually watching Netflix. He also wants to go into the military when he graduates from high school like his big brother. He scares me a little bit, but I can’t wait to see the man he becomes. Last but certainly not least we have Morgan, the baby of household, (sorry Maddie). She is just a little bundle of joy, who can catch you slipping at any moment. She always knows how to brighten my day or completely tear me down, but I don’t care I still love her.

The parents, Glen and Tammy Ellis. Glen's nick name is Papa Ellis, and I just call Tammy Mom.

The parents, Glenn and Tami Ellis. Glenn’s nick name is Papa Ellis, and I just call Tami, Mom. They were high school sweet hearts and they’ve been married for 22 years

Lets start with Papa Ellis (sorry mom), Papa Ellis served in Air force. He technically still serves as a reservist. He is also a police officer for Simi Valley Police Department. He is just a big teddy bear, a little bit too old school but that’s why we love him. Don’t let him fool though, this guy still has it. Just ask Cory. Everyday this guy does all he can to provide for his family and then when he steps out of the house, he goes and protects the people of Simi Valley. He is always there for his family no matter what. He is the man, I aspire to be. Ok now here we have Mom, the best way to describe her role in the family is to have watched the movie Remember the Titans. She is basically Denzel Washington aka Coach Herman Boone in a sense. In the immortal words of Coach Boone, “This is not a democracy, this is a dictatorship!” Mom is the same way, she is just and fair, but is not afraid to put her foot down. She treats everyone the same no matter who you are. She is 2nd toughest woman I know behind only my own mother.

The Ellis family is also a sports family. All the men in the family played football (I played with Cory in high school). Colin however took it to another level and also wrestles in high school. Morgan is a cheerleader and is insanely flexible. Ironically Tami is the only one, who never played a sport, but she is one of the loudest fans you will ever meet. I can’t tell how many games, I could hear her screaming at us over everyone else in the crowd, plus she doesn’t care who will hear her. She has even called me out on the carpet a few times, when I dropped a ball, or had a bad play during my high school playing days. That’s just who she is and there is no one else like her.

Anyway, this is my second family. I can’t wait to see them when I go back home for winter break. I got some stories for them and I can’t wait to hear their stories either and also have one of the famous (well to me) Ellis meatball subs. Also to all the men and women out there put their lives on the line for us here at home or anywhere else in the world, thank you so much for your service. I know it may not be said enough but I am grateful for all you do for us. Come back home safe and rejoin your families and hopefully one day, I have a chance to give a little back to you for all you have given to us.

 

Luther Okeyo

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November 11, 2014

This is it…. Senior Week…

November 11, 2014 | By | No Comments

Wow this it… This game against Avila is my last guaranteed home game in an MNU uniform. It’s very bitter sweet for me. One hand we will outright win the conference this week with a win against Avila but on the other it’s my last home game ever as an MNU pioneer. It’s one the last times I will ever put on the pioneer uniform. I’ve had some great memories here, it’s hard to believe that it’s all coming to an end.

On March 23, 2011, I made the committment to come to MNU, little did I know how much this would change my life. There is my mom on the left, and the man who made all this possible, John Diaz.

On March 23, 2011, I made the commitment to come to MNU, Little did I know how much this would change my life. There is my mom on the left, and on the right, the man who made all this possible, John Diaz.

The journey to where I am has been long, amazing, frustrating, and many other verbs I can’t really think of right now. Either way this journey changed my life in a way I ever really thought possible. We all have an idea of what college is about, but MNU gives it’s students a very unique college experience.

Here I am, as a Freshman. Weighing in at a lofty 160 pounds, with my whole future ahead of me. Who would've known that would've lead to where I am right now.

Here I am, as a Freshman. Weighing in at a lofty 160 pounds, with my whole future ahead of me. Who would’ve known that would’ve lead to where I am right now.

Throughout my football career here at MNU I’ve basically seen it all. I’ve been through the highs and lows. Like my freshman and sophomore year when we were rolling, winning the huge games, playing for HAAC championships, and most special of all playing at Pioneer stadium (not trying to start anything but come on, we need that thing built!) I’ve seen football at MNU change so much, and I’ve even been apart by one of the biggest things a football program can go through, a coaching change. With a new coaching staff comes a new philosophy, a new way to do things, and a new approach to the game of football.

It’s amazing to see what coach Willmer has done to the program, in just his first year. We shocked the world. Nobody outside of the MNU faithful even gave a chance to do anything this year, we were supposed to be rebuilding, and we let everyone know that we are ready to go. I can’t wait to see where coach leads this program in the years to come.

Shoutout to the senior class, we stuck it out through it all, the 5-5 season last year, waking up at 5 am to work out in January and February, spring ball, fall camp, I mean I could keep going on and on. There is never going to be a senior class like ours.

Here we are, the senior class for the 2014 MNU Pioneers football team:

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#1 Linebacker – Justin Vargas

#2 TE - Zach "Carrot Top" Brandsted

#2 Tightend – Zach “Carrot Top” Brandsted

#7 Cornerback - DeRahn "Primetime" Williams

#7 Cornerback – DeRahn “Primetime” Williams

#8 Wide Receiver - Chris "Money Man" Fields

#8 Wide Receiver – Chris “Money Man” Fields

#14  Wide Receiver - Taylor "TD" Davis

#14 Wide Receiver – Taylor “TD” Davis

#24 Running Back - Charles Quainoo

#24 Running Back – Charles Quainoo

#32 Long Snapper - Will Hertel

#32 Long Snapper – Will Hertel

#44 Defensive Lineman - Mason "Mad Dogg" Mathews

#44 Defensive Lineman – Mason “Mad Dogg” Mathews

#45 - "Pretty Boy" Nick Richardson

#45 Linebacker – “Pretty Boy” Nick Richardson

#47 - JT "They Call Him Nasty" Braddock (Don't ask... I don't know why they call him that)

#47 Defensive Lineman – JT “They Call Him Nasty” Braddock (Don’t ask… I don’t know why they call him that)

#52 Defensive Lineman - Demarco Kemp

#52 Defensive Lineman – Demarco Kemp

#53 Offensive Lineman - Armand Banks

#53 Offensive Lineman – Armand Banks

#73 Offensive Lineman - Jose "Burrito" Carillo-Ayala (He's the guy on the left)

#73 Offensive Lineman – Jose “Burrito” Carillo-Ayala (He’s the guy on the left)

#74 Offensive Lineman - Andrew "Chevy" Sexton-Chavoya

#74 Offensive Lineman – Andrew “Chevy” Sexton-Chavoya

#87 Wide Receiver - Yours Truly Luther "Crunchy" Okeyo

#87 Wide Receiver – Yours Truly Luther “Crunchy” Okeyo

 

 

 

 

 

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October 12, 2014

Man What a Game!!!

October 12, 2014 | By | 2 Comments

 

In case you didn’t know, the MNU FB team beat Missouri Valley 21 to 17. We played at Arrowhead Stadium (YES WHERE THE CHIEFS PLAY!!). Missouri Valley was the #7 ranked team in the country. While we weren’t even ranked. Not a lot of people besides the MNU faithful (Shoutout!) gave us a chance to win that game. This game had everything, as every rivalry game should. One of the coolest things about the game happened before the game started, we were the home team so we got to stay in the Chief locker room, it was amazing being able to get an inside look on what NFL players experience every day.

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This picture still doesn’t do the the Chief’s locker room justice. I mean…. You basically had to be there yourself.

After getting my wits together, thats when I went to go check out the field. Walking down the tunnel was amazing, you think it can’t get any better until you hit the field.

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Yea I’m not going to lie, I went crazy with my snap chat today, but hey who wouldn’t right? But my snapchat story was like 400 seconds. Sorry but not sorry.

The hallowed field of arrowhead. There is so much history on this field that I can’t even try and explain it. I was so intimidated by it. I guess you could say I could feel the Chiefs’ mystique, from Len Dawson throwing TD passes to Otis Taylor, Derrick Thomas sacking Dave Kreig SEVEN times, and Jamal Charles running wild today. (You could tell I studied up on my Chiefs history before this game.)

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Arrowhead Stadium, the loudest stadium in NFL and I got to play there.

Of course you know everybody on the team went crazy and took a lot of pictures.

Of course you know that I had to get a picture with my wideout family right. We played BIG today. So blessed to have met these and I'm glad to call these guys my brothers.

Of course you know that I had to get a picture with my wideout family right. We played BIG today. So blessed to have met these and I’m glad to call these guys my brothers.

Finally I got that paparazzi mode out of me, it was time to focus on the task at hand. But I had to sneak one picture in.

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I mean can you blame me

As we are getting ready for game and the team is lining up to hit the field. We were told the seniors were going to be introduced. That was so freaking amazing. To hear my name called and introduced, I mean I can’t even describe how I felt. I couldn’t even talk and was barely even able to function.

One of the greatest football moments of my life. A memory I will never be able to forget, not that I wanna forget something as cold as this.

One of the greatest football moments of my life. A memory I will never be able to forget, not that I wanna forget something as cool as this.

The game is was amazing. The game was shown on ESPN U and ESPN 3 (Shoutout!). My mom recorded the game, so when I go home, I’m going to reliving that game all over again. The game had it all, great defense, hard hits, huge plays on offense, that moment in every close game when you need to dig deep inside yourself and leave it all out on the field, and our team did that. We took every  punch that Missouri Valley hit us with, and then knocked them out with a few of our own.

Ladies and Gentleman, meet Ricky Miller, but everybody calls him Bo. He had a break out game with 6 receptions for a 109 yards. He made big plays every time we needed him, now we just gotta find a way to get him in the end zone.

Ladies and Gentleman, meet Ricky Miller, but everybody calls him Bo. He had a break out game with 6 receptions for a 109 yards. He made big plays every time we needed him, now we just gotta find a way to get him in the end zone.

Wesley Foryoh, my roommate by the way. He also played big. He had 3 receptions for 75 yards and a TD. Week in and week out he always seems to be a big playmaker for us.

Wesley Foryoh, I call him Wes, my roommate by the way. He also played big. He had 3 receptions for 75 yards and a TD. Week in and week out he always seems to be a big playmaker for us.

Here we have Earvin Simmons, but you can call Earv or Simmy. Here is a little man with a big and can break your ankles if you let him. He had 79 all purpose yards including a big reception on the game winning drive. He is like a swiss army knife, he just does it all.

Here we have Earvin Simmons, but you can call Earv or Simmy. Here is a little man with a big and can break your ankles if you let him. He had 79 all purpose yards including a big reception on the game winning drive. He is like a swiss army knife, he just does it all.

The receivers step it up this week and made big plays all day. I couldn’t be more amazed at how we played. Top to bottom, we balled out. Of course you know it wasn’t all offense, our defense played their guts out, giving Missouri Valley fits and beating them down all day.

Surprise, surprise the X-factor played his heart out. Derek was second on the team in tackles with 10 tackles and a couple huge pass breakups including the one to ice the game for us.

Surprise, surprise the X-factor played his heart out. Derek was second on the team in tackles with 10 tackles and a huge pass breakup that iced the game for us.

DeRahn Williams aka primetime was huge for us to. He had 7 tackles and a pick for us but at the end of the game, you would've thought he didn't play because he was so clean.

DeRahn Williams aka primetime was huge for us to. He had 7 tackles and a pick for us but at the end of the game, you would’ve thought he didn’t play because he was so clean.

Last but not least we have Matt Rashad aka  Darkness. He had 5 tackles including a huge sack in the fourth quarter helping us seal the win.

Last but not least we have Matt Rashad aka
Darkness. He had 5 tackles including a huge sack in the fourth quarter helping us seal the win.

When the game clock had the triple zeros on them, I just lost it, I couldn’t believe it. We won, and in one of the scariest, greatest, and most heart stopping ways possible. I couldn’t control my emotions, I just started crying all I could think of is my aunt and her struggle with cancer. How strong she is and how she fought her heart out and won. I will never forget his day for as long as I live. A once in a lifetime opportunity, and it was amazing.

We came out and shocked the world. We put the HAAC on notice on Saturday. We are not who people thought we were. #FeartheNeer

We came out and shocked the world. We put the HAAC on notice on Saturday. We are not who people thought we were. #FeartheNeer

 

 

 

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October 1, 2014

3-0 Baby!!!

October 1, 2014 | By | No Comments

Well if you haven’t heard, the football team started off on the right foot, ripping off 3 straight wins to start the season, under our new coach Brian Willmer. Over the last year there has been a lot of turnover with the program, with a new coaching coming in(basically all of them coming from Cali SHOUTOUT!!), a whole new mentality and approach to the game was brought with them. It’s a lot of things to really take in, especially as a player who was part of the old regime that was in place here. Anyway I can’t say enough good things about our coaching staff, of course they want to win games, but it’s not all about football. In the immortal words of Coach Wilmer, “I’m here to build men who lead from the front.” His vision is to build us up as men who can lead the new generation the right way. He wants us to be great fathers and husbands to our families and become leaders in our communities and I’m completely behind him and his dream.

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Coach Willmer was a linebacker for UCLA, and one the highlights of his college career was sacking Peyton Manning when Peyton was at Tennessee.

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This happened on Sept. 6, 1997. This was Peyton’s senior year of college, and he is still playing the league, not many people can say they sacked Peyton Manning but our coach did.

Coach is building something awesome here and I’m glad to be a part of this grand vision of his.

Oh yea before I forget, we got a few break out guys that you guys should keep your eyes on as the season goes on. First of all we got the x-factor Derek Pollox, this man makes some of the most ridiculous plays on the field that you will ever see.

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You never know what this guy is going to do, but he always has you on the edge of your seat. With 11 tackles and 2 interceptions in 3 games, Derek is poised to a huge playmaker for us all season.

For example, in our first game against McPherson, Pollox had a strip sack (well to me it looked a sack, and the ball popped up) and then somehow caught the ball in mid-air for the interception. Check out our sideline highlights from week 1, it will blow your mind. The play is at 2:41 mark of the video. MNU Week 1 Sideline Highlights You never what he is going to from week to week, but it’s going to be amazing.

Next up, we got the money man Chris Fields,

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The Money Man himself. With 11 receptions for 208 yards and 3 touchdowns in 3 games. Chris is looking to have a break out year.

Chris transferred in the spring and has become one of our best playmakers on offense. It seems like every time we need someone to make a play he steps up to the plate and makes one. With three touchdowns in the our first three games, Chris is turning heads around the conference and making sure everyone knows that the Pioneers are a force to be reckoned with. If you can, make sure that you come out and watch us play, we are doing big things over here, don’t miss out on a chance to be apart of it.