People Of The Plains: Making A Way

Sep 30, 2018

Kayla Moody, recent graduate of West Texas A&M University.
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“I am thankful for my struggle because without it I wouldn’t have stumbled upon my strength.” -Alexandra Belle.

Strength often comes from overcoming obstacles. 

Kayla Moody is the epitome of strength. She did not come from wealth or privilege, but she still found a way to succeed. Her character, her faith, and her journey is an inspiration.

Kayla started college as a rookie, not just as a freshman, but the first in her family, as well.

She grew up with a single mother and an older sister. Her grandparents were also there to help. There was no shortage of love. However, she still faced an uphill battle that would not be easy. There was no one to borrow experience from and no experience to pull from for inspiration. She had to be her own inspiration, but with a lot of cheering from home.

Kayla found her new home at an on-campus student ministry, The Wesley. Her faith helped her push through on her journey to a college degree. She gained new friends and adventures, new insights and knowledge, and her very own hard-earned accomplishment of which no one in her family before her had done.

Kayla recently graduated from West Texas A&M University with a Bachelor’s of Science in General Studies.

She is currently an Intern at The Wesley Foundation and is a mentor to others. She is the Children’s Director at St. Paul’s Methodist Church in Amarillo.

She has two nephews and a niece who bring her a lot of joy. She hopes to help inspire them for their futures. She looks forward to the life she has ahead with the confidence of having accomplished something by herself.

She hopes to have a successful career and to have children someday  - and - to bring back a positive generation of mothers. The journey is not over. There is so much yet to come.

Roseanna Ehrhart is studying English Education at WT with plans to teach middle school.
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Roseanna Ehrhart is studying English Education at WT with plans to teach middle school. She moved to Amarillo at a young age and graduated from Tascosa High School. She is happily married to Michael and loves being a mother to their two small children, Gabriel and Benjamin. She loves poetry and coffee, but not one without the other. Her passion is writing with hopes to publish a children’s book someday or just simply share her love of words and literature with others.

Ashton Wright is a junior at West Texas A&M University, pursuing a degree in Secondary English Education.
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Ashton Wright is a junior at West Texas A&M University. She is going to school to pursue a degree in Secondary English Education.

She wants to teach English at the High School level and eventually teach English at the college level.

Ashton is from Hereford, TX and graduated from Hereford High School.

She is currently working with little ones at a daycare in Canyon and is on the leadership team for the Wesley Foundation. 

Sarah Carstensen is currently a Junior at West Texas A&M University, pursuing a degree in education.
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Sarah Carstensen is currently a junior at West Texas A&M University, pursuing a degree in Education to teach Jr. High English and Reading.

Sarah is from Lockney, TX and graduated from Lockney High School. She is the Resident Assistant (RA) in Stafford Hall, on the leadership team with the Wesley Foundation, and is also an officer for Kappa Delta Pi, an Honor Society for Educators.

Sarah is excited to start teaching and loving on her students!