Image of hope: Cedarcrest sophomore takes top photo prize for look at depression
August 31, 2012 · 12:57 PM
Cedarcrest sophomore Becca Bramwell starts her second year of high school as the first-place winner of the state Technology Student Association (TSA) photography award, and as the president of the Cedarcrest chapter.
Bramwell has been an involved member of TSA since the beginning of her freshman year. TSA gives students the ability to create, learn and experience technology, art, robotics, fashion design, photography, and video production, she explained. It also offers opportunities for friendship, building confidence, and developing leadership skills through many competitions.
Her winning photo, a black-and-white portrait called “Understand Me,” was created to help express and bring an awareness to the subject of depression, which is very close to Bramwell’s heart.
“Depression in teens and adults affects a large population, and it crosses all cliques, and demographics throughout our schools and communities. My hope was that my body of photography work would help to be the voice for others who have lost their voice along their way...and help to make negative experiences for good,” she said.
Bramwell also expressed her deep gratitude to TSA advisor and teacher Tim Kennedy for his unwavering dedication and for the “passion for photography” he instilled in her.
Along with her commitments to TSA, Bramwell also participates in drama, FFA and the art club. She is an evolving musician and accomplished athlete, playing soccer for 10 years, setting five school records and placing at the state finals during her years at Tolt Middle School.