September 25, 2016
Emely Puente, an incoming senior at Bellflower High School, was recently recognized as the Grand Prize Winner for the 2016 LegiSchool Photo Contest. Her photo chronicles the story of her grandfather's hardships coming to California from Guanajuato Mexico at the age of 12 or 13 and the hardships faced working as a field worker.
Although she has no previous photography experience, her former teacher, Ms. Gamdoa, encouraged her to enter the contest.
"This photo represents the hardships my grandfather [and grandmother] faced to get here in order to support eight children," said Puente. "Without their sacrifices, I wouldn't be here."
This year's photo contest attracted submissions from over 54 High Schools around the state. Emely's photo is currently displayed at the State Capitol Building. Participants of the contest were asked to submit a photo along with an essay describing how their photo represents California "through their eyes."
Her winning photo has led to an interest and pursuit in photography and photojournalism. Outside of this contest, Emely is also involved with her school's ROP class and volunteers at the LA Hospital in Lakewood. She plans to pursue a career in anthropology or pathology.
Congratulations to Emely!