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Awards & recognition

1st Place Photography

November 06, 2009

In high school, there was ample opportunity to compete with my photography & writing. I always took the chance - and was awarded several honorable mentions, finalists, and 1st place positions! 

1st Place Writing

November 06, 2009

I entered several writing competitions too, although my focus was usually on photography. 

To see more of my poetry - follow the links at the bottom of my website for Tumblr & Ello. 

Photography Finalist

December 31, 2009

A specialized competition focusing on what "Beauty is" - I entered both poetry & photography pieces, and received an honorable mention for poetry. 

Visual Art Achievement

April 29, 2011

I was awarded the visual artist achievement out of my class for the year of 2011! 

Gold Key Recipient

May 01, 2011

I entered the National Scholastic Art & Writing Competition with low expectations, since I had only ever participated in local contests - but was pleasantly surprised when I won a Gold Key. In this competition, that is a high honor! I was awarded for photography, although I entered both writing & photography pieces. 

Photography Exhibit

March 20, 2012

I entered the Youth Arts Exhibition & Competition of 2012 with the piece seen behind me. I was awarded participation & a personal space to exhibit my work. I regrettably do not have the physical award anymore, but have this photo-keepsake of my sister and I looking at each other, much like the photograph behind us. She was the model for this image! 

National Photography Finalist

April 15, 2012

Hosted by St. Marys College of California - the River of Words competition focused on environmental literacy & appreciation. 

I entered several photographic & poetry pieces and was notarized as a finalist in this national contest! 

The award ceremony was held at the Chattahoochee Nature Center - the same place this photo was taken! 

Speaker on Millennial Panel for Sustainability

May 09, 2014

I was invited to speak -  along with other peers - to represent the millennial voice in the realm of sustainability. This discussion was hosted by Kennesaw State, and funded by Coca-Cola in ATL for their 2014 Sustainability Summit. 

After the panel, we went to the KSU Hickory Grove Farm and planted trees, painted rain barrels, and sowed seeds - all donated by Coca Cola. To read some coverage on the event, see the link below. 

Local Artist Interview & Recognition

April 10, 2018

I was discovered by a local publication, VoyageATL - and they invited me to interview with them. I shared my personal story & a few of my photo's to display on their website! Click the link below to read the full story. 

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