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posted Jun 9, 2017, 8:11 AM by Kristin Hernandez   [ updated Jun 9, 2017, 8:12 AM ]
Silhouette of Joshua Tree against a sunset.
Photo by Makailla Muir, Apple Valley High School

Five Apple Valley High School students will have their photography displayed at the California State Capitol this summer, after being chosen as finalists in the LegiSchool Project’s “California Through My Eyes” photography contest. The photos have been published on the LegiSchool blog and will be displayed in the third floor annex of the California State Capitol Building from June 15 through July 15.

CAMP (Computer and Media Pathway) Academy students Gabriel Cacace, Amanda Cinco, Makailla Muir, Arthur Nazabal and William Villarino were each selected out of 520 students from 57 schools across the state to have their photographs featured at the Capitol. The photography contest challenged students to capture images pertinent to California and accompany them with a brief artist statement.  A panel of judges then narrowed down the photos to the top 12%.

“I am so proud of my students’ hard work,” CAMP teacher Gretchen Peratt said. “In CAMP, we teach them the variety of computer and multimedia. Some take a liking to a specific type, while others excel at all. I love their minds and that they always exceed my expectations through their hard work ethic, learned skills, and commitment.”

The LegiSchool Project is a civic education collaboration between California State University, Sacramento, and the California State Legislature, administered by the Center for California Studies.  The Project's mission is to engage young people in matters of public policy and state government by creating opportunities for students and state leaders to meet and share ideas on the problems affecting Californians. For more information visit