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February 11, 2014

Triton senior's photography earns accolades

Williams' 'Perseverance' will compete in Scholastic's national art awards

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Triton art teacher Robin Verrette has seen something unique in Williams ever since she was a freshman and has sponsored her artwork for previous Scholastic Awards, where she has won two Silver Keys for painting, one for writing and one for sculpture. “Perseverance” marked Williams’ first Gold.

“She’s not afraid to try anything,” Verrette said. “She’s adventurous. Not only does she do this art stuff but she plays the piano very well. She is one of the most well-rounded students there is. She is involved in everything and not afraid to take on challenges.”

Williams pores through photo books and National Geographic magazines on a regular basis and makes a bit of cash here and there filming games for the Triton Boosters. She has also shot many of her friends’ senior pictures.

“It’s not that I don’t enjoy being in front of the camera, but I like having that control of being behind the lens,” Williams said. “Creating an image and capturing what is actually happening, especially the emotion behind it, drives me crazy when I don’t have my camera and cannot capture it.”

With a keen interest in surfing and underwater photography, Williams hopes to branch out and see a new part of the country in the fall and has an interest in attending Pepperdine, Clemson, Stanford or UMass Amherst.

“I definitely want to study photography, whether it is my major or something that I take as one of my important classes, that’s what I want to do,” she said. “It’s not the most reliable occupation, but it is something I would never think is work.”

All that is in the future and for now, this Viking soccer co-captain and outside midfielder is simply proud of the work she has done in her last year in high school.

“It’s nice that it’s my photograph,” Williams said. “But it’s more important that it’s for my school. This year has been such an awesome year at Triton, as a senior, as a captain leading my soccer team to our first state tournament ever — honestly, it’s been the best senior year I could ask for.”

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