“Best Charter School Photo” Taken by Manatee School For the Arts Students

Three high school photography students from Manatee School For the Arts created the winning photo for FCPCS’ “Best Charter School Photo” contest. The school will receive a $500 Office Depot gift card from FCPCS for the winning photo.

The unusual photo, taken by 11th grader MacKenzie Browning, depicts senior Bethany Thurnau taking a picture of Katelyn Priest, dressed in a kimono and holding a parasol. Priest, also a senior, wore a kimono that her grandfather brought back from Viet Nam as a gift to her mother. All three students are students of MSFTA photography instructor Dimitri Jansen. The photo was taken in class during a lesson on portraiture.

Manatee School For the Arts, located in Bradenton, is a 6-12 charter school that uses the arts “to infuse learning throughout the school.” Students are given opportunities to learn in academic areas through various methods, including dance, music, visual art, graphic art and theatre. MSFTA is one of FCPCS’ Gold Seal Charter Schools of Excellence.

Gulf Coast Academy of Science & Technology

Runners-up in the “Best Charter School Photo” contest were submitted by Gulf Coast Academy of Science and Technology and McKeel Elementary Academy. The winning photo and several others submitted for the contest can be viewed here.

McKeel Elementary Academy-Runner-Up Photo Winner