With three more pages to complete by the end of this week for the Brainerd High School yearbook's spring supplement, BHS junior Jackie Sellnow has been busy.
Sellnow, who is photography editor this semester, is in charge of photos in the spring supplement. She was named Fine Arts Student of the Week for her work on the Brainonian. The Brainonian adviser said Sellnow has gone above and beyond when it comes to making sure the yearbook has its photographs.
Sellnow joined the yearbook staff as a sophomore because she wanted to gain photography experience.
"I really got interested in photography four years ago," she said. "I always liked taking pictures and I had a camera at age 13. I took pictures of family and friends."
Sellnow has shot more than 2,000 pictures for the yearbook. A photo she is most proud of shows former BHS wrestler Andy Pickar when he won sections last year. She said Pickar was pinning his opponent when she snapped a close-up showing his facial expression.
"It turned out really cool," she said.
Sellnow said a majority of her photographs for the yearbook are of sporting events. She has learned how to move around a lot to get the right photo of fast-paced events.
Sellnow's duties as photography editor include assigning photo shoots. She will continue this role next school year.
FINE ARTS STUDENT OF THE WEEK
Art focus: Brainonian
Art activities: Brainonian and Distributive Education Clubs of America
Favorite subject: Brainonian
Most memorable fine arts achievement: Being named photography editor for the Brainonian this year
Favorite movie: "Save the Last Dance"
Favorite TV program: "Friends"
Favorite song: "Fishing in the Dark"
Parents: Rich and Doreen Sellnow of Brainerd
"It's kind of stressful," Sellnow said of being in charge of photo assignments. She said students do not always take the photographs they are assigned. Next year she plans to create a master sheet with the students' names and photo assignments to help them remember their duties. Plus she said she will know when and where the students are for their assignments.
Sellnow said there are so many pictures taken for one event that it can be frustrating to pick out a select few for the yearbook. She tries to get a good variety of pictures in the yearbook and makes sure not to get the same person in a lot of photos.
This week Sellnow worked on the last three pages of the 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 get their yearbooks by June, instead of in the fall.
The last three pages will include prom, the BHS All-Sports Banquet and a memorial page to honor BHS senior Daniel Fleischhacker, who was fatally shot April 3.
One of Sellnow's strongest qualities in photography is being able to capture facial expressions. She said she needs to work on getting more close-ups. As the photography editor her strongest skills are her social abilities. She said next year she needs to improve on making sure the students take the photos they are assigned.
After high school, Sellnow plans to attend Willmar Technical College to major in photography.
Amy Espersen, junior, Symphonic Band: Espersen, who plays the bass clarinet, is a two-year member of Symphonic Band and was selected for the 2004-05 Minnesota All-State Band.
Chris Femling, sophomore, art: Femling's art adviser said, "Chris has demonstrated wonderful visual problem solving abilities in drawing. His technical skills paired with his creative solutions have produced a succession of quality results in a number of different drawing assignments."
JENNIFER STOCKINGER can be reached at email@example.com or 855-5851.
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