Ethan Kuder - Class of 2021 - Cair Paravel - Topeka's Best Senior Photographer
We knew right away that we would have a BLAST with the Kuder’s! They used to live a few houses down from Tommy in Scranton and were always so friendly. We pulled up to their home on the outskirts of Overbrook/Carbondale and it was INCREDIBLE! From their restored red barn to their custom built cabins, their property was in immaculate condition! Ethan was all smiles and he had every reason to be! He had a great afternoon for a session, the perfect location, and he is a handsome fella! He has a great smile, awesome hair (even if he had to cut his mullet) and a really awesome attitude! We enjoyed hearing him play his upright bass for part of the session while his sister played the mandolin from the balcony and mom sang. He looked FORD tough in his pickup with the wheat in the background, and ended with some sentimental pictures of him on his grandparents’ old farm equipment. We are so excited to share these with you! Enjoy!
T.H. Peterson: If your friends had to describe you in one single word, what would they say?Ethan: Enthusiastic
T.H. P.: What is your secret power?Ethan: A pro at driving backwards
T.H. P.: If money was no object, what kind of vehicle would you drive and why?Ethan: Ford Raptor
T.H. P.: Tell us about your family's bluegrass band…Ethan: We are not really an official band but do enjoy playing bluegrass music with friends and family at jams, campouts and music festivals. My mom plays the banjo and my sister plays the mandolin.
T.H. P.: How long have you been playing the upright bass?
Ethan: I started playing the bass in 5th grade in the school orchestra, then my mom started making me take lessons(which I am very thankful for now, even though I fought her for a couple years!). At about the same time we started attending jams hosted by the Kansas Prairie Pickers Association in Auburn.
T.H. P.: What was the coolest part about having your session with us on your property?Ethan: Many of the places we took pictures were in areas or with things I had helped my parents with over the last several years as they have been fixing up the property.
T.H. P.: What was your favorite part of your session?Ethan: Having pictures taken at the cabin, because my Dad and I built it together.
T.H. P.: How long have you been playing football and how has it shaped you as a person?Ethan: I have played football at Cair Paravel since the 6th grade. I like the camaraderie of the coaches and teammates. I have learned that everyday is a gift because you can get injured and not be able to play in the next game, and that perspective can be applied to other aspects of your life. My favorite quote from Coach Bonura, “ Football doesn't build character it reveals character”
T.H. P.: What are your plans after high school?Ethan: I plan to pursue a career in healthcare and attend either Washburn University or K-State
T.H. P.: If you could give a freshman any piece of advice about high school, what would it be?Ethan: Take advantage of all of the opportunities available whether it be sports, music, clubs, dramas, etc.