Taking a photograph to capture memories of a lifetime is something Brainerd High School junior Jilly Jenkins has understood and appreciated since she was a child.
When she was in first grade she took "professional" photos by hanging a blanket on closet doors for a background. Today she is using her photography skills in the high school's yearbook, the Brainonian. To add to her photo responsibilities, Jenkins was named editor-in-chief of the yearbook for the remainder of the year and will hold the position for the 2004-05 school year.
Jenkins was named Fine Arts Student of the Week for her work on the Brainonian.
Jenkins joined the yearbook staff last fall because she wanted to take a class where she could put her photography skills to good use. She said the only class she could do that in was the Brainonian.
Art focus: Brainonian
Art activities: Brainonian and A Cappella Choir
Favorite subjects: Brainonian
Most memorable fine arts achievement: Photos she took for the Brainonian at the high school's Winter Wonder Week last year of a boys' dance line
Artist most admired: Eric Clapton and Lynyrd Skynyrd
Favorite movie: "Tommy Boy"
Favorite TV program: "Friends"
Favorite song: "Take on Me"
Parents: Jinx and Mary Jenkins of Brainerd
She has captured many memories through the camera for high school students. She has taken about 500 pictures so far, including the high school's Winter Wonder Week event with photos showing school spirit, a boys' dance line and candid shots of students.
Clicking the button on a camera for a photo has been Jenkins' passion for many years. As a child she said she and her friends dressed up and took photos of each other.
"Capturing memories through pictures is something I've always understood," she said. "To look back and remember a certain point in your life is important."
Jenkins' bedroom is full of pictures of buildings, nature, flowers and animals. She said she has thousands of photos that are either stored in scrapbooks, albums or plastic containers. This week she is in Italy for a choir field trip and she planned to take even more photos and put them in a scrapbook when she gets home.
In junior high school, Jenkins took a roll of film a week and began getting more artistic with her photos. She began taking pictures of objects.
Jenkins said with the digital photos she has learned how to be creative and play around with the photograph.
Besides working on the yearbook, Jenkins is a student ambassador for Woody's Photography in Brainerd where she helps advertise for senior graduation pictures.
As editor-in-chief of the Brainonian, Jenkins' additional responsibilities include heading the yearbook's 16-page supplement. The supplement, which will include spring activities, prom and graduation, is new this year. It was added because of an early deadline for the yearbook. Students this year will be able to get their yearbook in June, instead of in the fall.
Other duties include assigning deadlines, helping students with ideas and overseeing the pages to make sure there are no spelling or grammatical errors.
Jenkins said her strongest skill in yearbook is that she is a people person. She said she is not afraid to get into people's faces to take pictures and to find out what's going on. She said one thing she needs to improve on is her organization.
Jenkins said after high school she would like to take pictures of wildlife or do commercial photography as a career.
Alicia Weagel, junior, art: Weagel's art adviser said, "Alicia has demonstrated a style of her own in producing creative artwork that is detailed, colorful and unique. She is dedicated to quality and works hard to achieve desired results."
Carmen Cummings, senior, speech: Cummings recently took second place for the all-conference speaker award at the Central Lakes Conference Speech Tournament in Alexandria. Cummings has consistently been a top speaker in the Extemporaneous Reading category at tournaments this year.
Brandon Brown, junior, Symphonic Band: Brown tied for "Best of Site" for a superior rating at the solo and ensemble contest. He also is a soloist with the jazz ensemble.
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