Srijita Chattopadhyay, a graduate student from Ohio University, won the Kit King Scholarship.
I started in the field of photojournalism nearly six years back in the classrooms of Western Kentucky University, completely oblivious of where it might take me. Through the knowledge gained in classrooms and Mountain Workshops, I have had the opportunity to intern at San Antonio Express-News, Hartford Courant, and The Naples Daily News. My photo and multimedia stories have been recognized at the Hearst Journalism Awards multiple times and received awards from the Kentucky News Photographers Association and the Society of Professional Journalism. Furthermore, I consider myself blessed to have received a full-ride scholarship to attend Mountain Workshops in 2016 and 2017 and a full ride to Momenta Workshops in 2019. Lastly, I was awarded the Chris Hondros Scholarship this year, which was a huge honor.
When it comes to my goals, they are simple; I want to help people and share their stories. Unfortunately, due to a recent medical diagnosis, I was advised to step away from my dream of being a newspaper photographer but I intend to continue my journey in the photo world by working with Non-Profit Agencies to promote their goals and develop programs that benefit the community. And that is why I am applying for this scholarship, to seek support as I pivot and embrace my new journey in the photo industry.
son, he is my son,” she said, while her 7-year- old grandson, AJ, bickers over a video game. Diane’s world has always revolved
around family — her parents, her three children — Tony, Bobbie, Sam, and later, her grandchildren. When she retired 11-years- ago, she sought to spend the rest of her days with family, being a grandmother, playing cards, traveling outside of Millfield, possibly getting a post-retirement job, and maybe even resting. In a heartbeat, all of that changed on Sunday, March 20, 2016.
As the winter began to give in to spring, while Diane and AJ slept soundly tucked away in the other room of their three-bedroom home. Her eldest child, Tony, died of an overdose of prescription painkillers. Overnight, Diane went from being AJ’s grandmother to his kinship care provider — or as he puts it, “mom.”
“I made a promise to Tony, if anything ever happened to him, I would take care of AJ,” Diane said. “And, what kind of life would that child have had if I had not took him.”
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What happens when you do not love the body you are born with? Your choices are to either live an unhappy life or to end it all. Aiden Michael Burnam made the choice to live and it made all the difference.
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