Henry Ford II High School senior Savannah Salisbury took this photo, which she called “Curiosity,” in her kitchen.

Henry Ford II High School senior Savannah Salisbury took this photo, which she called “Curiosity,” in her kitchen.

Photo provided by Savannah Salisbury


UCS students selected for prestigious national photography exhibit

By: Kara Szymanski | C&G Newspapers | Published January 12, 2021

 Henry Ford II High School senior Margret Dobry enjoys landscape photography and took this shot she titled “Mammoth Hot Springs” at Yellowstone National Park.

Henry Ford II High School senior Margret Dobry enjoys landscape photography and took this shot she titled “Mammoth Hot Springs” at Yellowstone National Park.

Photo provided by Margret Dobry

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STERLING HEIGHTS — Two Utica Community Schools high school students have been selected through a national art competition to show their photographs in a prestigious national photography exhibit.

Henry Ford II seniors Margret Dobry and Savannah Salisbury were among 267 student artists nationwide to have photographs accepted for the national 2020 Drexel High School Photography Contest.

More than 2,100 photographs were submitted by 771 students from 39 states for the 20th annual competition, sponsored by the Drexel University Photography Program. Drexel University is in Philadelphia.

The selected artists will exhibit their work at the program’s photography gallery from Feb. 8 through March 1.

Henry Ford II photography teacher Lisa Grunewald said she was very happy to see her students’ photographs be chosen to be a part of the exhibit.

“Margret and Savannah are two of the most hard-working and creative AP photography students I have had the pleasure of teaching,” Henry Ford II photography teacher Lisa Grunewald said in a prepared statement. “Seeing their photographs being honored and displayed on a national level makes me beyond proud of these two young ladies. I know they will do amazing things after their high school career at Utica Community Schools.”

Dobry’s piece is titled “Mammoth Hot Springs,” and Salisbury’s piece is titled “Curiosity.”

Dobry, of Shelby Township, said she was pleased to have her artwork chosen for the art exhibit, which her teacher had told her about.

She took her selected picture at the Mammoth Hot Springs in Wyoming at Yellowstone National Park. She said she chose it because she loves landscape photography and was in awe of the beauty of the springs.

“It proves to me that … what I shoot is not just appealing to my eye, but also to others, which is reassuring. I am so honored to have my work show alongside all the other amazing photographers that have had their works selected,” she said in an email.

Salisbury, of Detroit, said that photography has always been her passion, and being a part of this competition showed her that her artwork has potential. She believes that being a part of the competition will be a good foot in the door for her future.

“I will continue to shoot, edit and submit my work to different competitions, as I enjoy the competition of it,” she said in an email.

Salisbury said she enjoys that photography brings her closer to her recently passed grandpa, who adored photography and supported her and her cousins in pursuing it.

“He even went to the extreme of buying the camera that (I) use today. I like that I can try to showcase the beauty of (God’s) earth through my own eyes,” she said.

Salisbury said she was honored and also proud that a photo she took was recognized by others.

“My photography skills have improved, and I’ve shown what I’m capable of,” she said.

She hopes to attend the University of Michigan and achieve a minor in photography. She said she wants to keep pursuing photography to advance more and help others find a passion for it, too.

“I love the way a photograph can be interpreted in many ways and make others feel sad, inspired, etc.,” she said.

Salisbury said the photo of a young girl looking at the viewer was taken in her kitchen. It was originally for a school assignment.

She has a love for black and white photography, so it was edited as a black and white photo.

She said this competition has given her motivation to do more.

“This competition can inspire me to keep trying to do better and grow my skills as a photographer,” she said.

Dobry hopes to take some classes in photography in college, as well.

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