A community writing workshop facilitated by Anthony Funari will be held at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Bonner Springs City Library, 201 N. Nettleton Ave., Bonner Springs.

Members of the community and surrounding area are invited to attend the free workshop.

Those who attend are asked to bring a short piece of their writing to the workshop, although it is not required.

Funari teaches writing and literature at Johnson County Community College, Overland Park. He is a published author and scholar of Renaissance studies. He works to help writers articulate their thoughts and to understand their readers’ perspectives.

Jack Granath, Bonner Springs City Library director, said the public is invited to attend and participate in the workshop. He said Funari plans to talk about techniques that author Ernest Hemingway used. One of the techniques is called the “tip of the iceberg,” where a little conversation and dialogue shows a whole world underneath it.

The community writing workshop is part of a statewide series of programs that celebrate 100 years of the Pulitzer Prizes and the life of William Allen White.

The program is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council.

For more information, contact the library at 913-441-2665.

Hiago Gaspar (KCKCC photo)
Hiago Gaspar (KCKCC photo)

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

Kansas City Kansas Community College has its first soccer All-American with the naming of Hiago Gaspar to the NJCAA second team.

A freshman forward from San Paulo, Brazil, Hiago led the Jayhawk Conference with a Blue Devil record 17 goals and was second in assists in the conference with 11. He was named to both the All-Jayhawk and All-Region VI first teams.

Led by Gaspar and six other all-conference honorees, the Blue Devils compiled one of their best records in history – 10 wins, 4 losses and a second place finish in the Jayhawk.

“A natural talent, a natural scorer,” KCKCC head coach Ruben Rodriguez said of Gaspar. “He’s usually in the right place a lot and you can’t teach that. He’s also very technical, very good on and off the ball with a high soccer IQ.”

Assistant coach Burke Slusher agreed.

“Great speed, probably in the 4.4 range and very calm under pressure. Good in the air and reads the game very well,” Slusher said.

Rodriguez has been equally impressed by Gaspar’s progress academically. When he arrived at KCKCC this past summer, he knew no English. Now he speaks it well enough to graduate from ESOL classes into regular classroom curriculums.

Gaspar’s talents have not gone unnoticed.

“I’ve already been contacted by some Division I schools and all the local NAIA schools,” Rodriguez said. “His desire is to play at the next level, either in Division I or professionally. This has been our best year so far and we expect better next year. We have a bright future.”

Joining Gaspar on the All-Jayhawk first team were defend Ricardo Angelo and midfielder Guilherme Grave, both of Sao Paulo; while second team selections included sophomore forward Thiago Elias, also of Sao Paulo; sophomore midfielders Giovanni Calderon of Harmon and Tanner Helms of Ashland, Mo.; and sophomore defender Jake Salmons, also of Ashland, Mo.

Olivia Johnson, a student from Kansas City, Kan., was part of the Christmas at Concordia weekend Dec. 2-4, which included three events as part of Concordia University, Nebraska’s, annual Christmas celebration.

Johnson is a member of the Women’s Chorale. The concerts included a community open house, tree lighting and scholarship parade of homes.

Four Christmas at Concordia concerts brought more than 3,000 Concordia students, faculty and staff, alumni and community members to St. John Lutheran Church near the Seward, Neb., campus. The concerts featured the Women’s Chorale, Male Chorus, Concordia Handbell Choir, University Brass Ensemble, University A Cappella Choir and University Symphonic Band.

Scripture readings, original music from Concordia faculty and traditional hymns that invited congregation participation were part of the celebration.

There was a tour of several homes, with proceeds donated to a scholarship fund.