The photography of 11 Lakes High School students will be on display in the lobby of St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood.
Their work will be unveiled during a public event that begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 2, in the lobby of the hospital, 11315 Bridgeport Way SW.
“Our hope is the community will come and look at it, whether or not they’re visiting the hospital, to see what creative things these kids are doing,” said Scott Thompson, a hospital spokesman.
Franciscan Health System, which operates five hospitals in the area, made a similar arrangement with a Gig Harbor high school at St. Anthony Hospital.
Scott Waeschle, the photography teacher at Lakes High School, said a hospital representative contacted him last fall to inquire about a similar arrangement for St. Clare.
Waeschle said he passed along work submitted by his students after some screening, and the hospital board selected the 12 photographs used in the display. The photos measure 16 inches by 20 inches.
Luis Alvarez, a senior whose shot of ice-shrouded grass from last year will be featured, said he initially didn’t like the class. But he kept at it and began to enjoy the class more as he realized he was taking better pictures.
Alvarez is not as fond of the icy grass shot, saying its not representative of the photographs he’s taking now.
“I’m more picky with the pictures I take,” said Alvarez, who will attend the unveiling event with his parents. “I’m happy. I might go just to see my picture every once in a while.”
Alvarez, whose considering making photography a career, will get his next test this weekend at the high school’s military ball for its Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets.
Another photo from Mark Martinez, a junior, was taken during a high school wrestling tournament in Puyallup last year. He said his grandmother got him interested in photography and he often carries a camera at school.
“It’s really exciting to have it published,” he said.
The assembled photographs will hang until the end of the year, when they will replaced by the work of Waeschle’s students in the coming school year. The older photographs will be returned to the former students as keepsakes.
In addition, Waeschle submitted 50 photographs from his students for the statewide high school photography competition that will be judged Saturday. Winners will be announced Wednesday and their work will be featured at art museums in Tacoma and Seattle.
“We’re trying to get more exposure for the program and have some professional venues,” Waeschle said.
The visibility for the program comes as it’s in jeopardy of losing its funding. The class is one of several offered at Lakes through the state’s Career and Technical Education program. Photography students who complete the course work at Lakes and receive a B or better receive credit at Clover Park Technical College.
State lawmakers will head into special session later this month to adopt a two-year budget, and Randy Dorn, the state superintendent of public instruction, has warned passage of the Senate’s budget proposal would “effectively end” CTE classes.
Alvarez hopes it will continue for future students.
“It will be a sad thing to just get rid of that class,” he said.
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