Fairfield Ludlowe High School sophomore Rachel Finlaw has always had an artistic eye, but the young lady who could draw and paint with ease entered into uncharted waters at the start of the school year when she took Michele Hermsen's Introduction to Photography class. Could her talents carry over to picture-taking? Would she get a decent grade?
Rachel's artistic eye didn't betray her. Her "Portrait of Elsa," which Hermsen felt was worthy of entering in the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers' Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, won her a national gold award. Past recipients have included, among others, Joyce Carol Oates and John Lithgow, all of whom received recognition when they were in high school.