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I've been trying to see light differently in my shooting lately. Darkness isn't necessarily bad, an obvious example is how we always love our silhouettes at sunset. But it can also reflect a mood with its sharp shadows or use soft pools of light to frame a subject. In contrast, blinding reflected sunlight can be lovely too. I really liked this shot I took of a young lady on the St. Joseph Flyers dance team prior to the game Friday.

Caitlin Jacob, 15, prepares to perform at the St. Joseph football game at Patti Welder Stadium on Friday evening. Caitlin is a sophomore at St. Joseph High School and is the first lieutenant of the Starlighters, St. Joseph's dance and drill team.

Caitlin's mother, Melissa Jacob, said Caitlin "has been dancing pretty much since she could walk, dancing is her life." She also mentioned being a Starlighter takes dedication and determination because of the year-round practice and performance schedule. The Starlighters not only perform at games, but compete in dance competitions and put on a Starlighter spring show. Melissa Jacob said she "believes the Starlighter dance team is a very important sport in itself and plays an important role."

After all, the Starlighters are always there, win or lose, rain or shine, to dance their hearts out and inspire St. Joseph school pride.