Melissa was awarded first place in the State Reflections Photography Category for her photo entry entitled "Friendship," at the Washington State PTSA Convention.
Her work was forwarded to the panel of judges at the national competition. The national winners were announced at the end of May.
When asked about the inspiration for her award- winning photo, Melissa stated, "I had the opportunity to do an outdoor photo shoot with two of my best friends. This photo captures how I feel about our friendship and how Together We Can accomplish our goals in life." She continued, "Strong friendship gives us the confidence to reach for our dreams. The rock represents strength and stability. The clasped hands represent caring and unity. The red bracelet is the focal point to represent the courage it takes to stick together during hard times. The tie of true friendship helps each become a better person through supporting each other and working together. With true friends, Together We Can make our dreams become reality."