Tonya Mudek, daughter of Ken and Carol Mudek of rural Staples, considers herself lucky to know Bud Young, a Korean War veteran.
Young feels likewise, as Mudek was a good caregiver during her time as a certified nursing assistant at Lakewood Health Systems.
Young obliged Mudek by posing his hands with the Stars and Stripes for a photograph taken by the Central Lakes College student. This photo, titled "Remembering," has won an award from the Advertising and Marketing Federation of Central Minnesota .
"I knew Bud's hands well," said Mudek, noting a common greeting with each visit to her nursing home friends involved a handshake or calming clasp along with warm words of welcome. "Hands can tell a story."
The winning photograph is one of six in her school project assigned by instructor Bruce Fuhrman.
"My theme is hands," said Mudek, who wants to specialize in wildlife and outdoor photography after graduation this spring. She is in the Photographic Imaging Technology program at the Staples campus, not far from her parents' dairy farm north of town.
Mudek's award is in the form of a granite block called the Addy Award, and it has prompted her to pursue a job in the field of professional photography, perhaps in the Mountain West. She spent most of her recent spring break checking out prospects for work in that region.
"I still have my CNA certification, so I could also work in home health care while looking for or working in a photography job," she said.
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