Local teenager, photographer can be featured on magazine cover – Valley Times-News
Local teenager Sydney Gray, a senior at Valley High School, may soon be featured on the cover of “Inspiring Teens” magazine thanks to Lanett photographer Narfunda Ross, who took senior photos for Sydney. If that happens, Sydney will win a $ 1,000 scholarship and Ross will be named on the cover. Valerie Gray, Sydney’s mother and executive director of the Chambers County Development Authority, said Sydney was guaranteed a two to three page run in the magazine.
âIt was Narfunda Ross of Ten Thirty Three Photography, a local photographer from Lanett, who started out, she and I wanted to do something unique for senior Sydney photos,â said Valerie. “And we chose downtown Lanett because of the ongoing revitalization [there] and then the factory site to sort of look at the past and stuff.
The mill ValÃ©rie refers to is the old Lanett mill on route 29.
Ross said she discovered “Inspiring Teens” while surfing Instagram and that this was the first time she had submitted her work to the magazine.
âAnd I did it because I learned so much about her,â Ross said. “She inspired me during the shoot.”
Ross said she wished there were more citizens like Sydney.
âWhat inspired me the most about her is her spirit of making sure everyone is happy,â said Ross. âShe is selfless. It is what it is. She wants everyone to get along and be happy with what they are doing.
Ross said Sydney was in first place for the first round.
âThe next round is another group of seniors and then the winner of the second round will face the first round,â said Ross. “And we don’t know what it will be, but they will announce the winner on December 31st if I’m correct.”
âThe final round will start on the 21st,â said ValÃ©rie. “And I don’t know how many [contenders] will be in it. So we’ll find out next week. And then the voting will start from December 21 to 28, and people in the community, her family, and people around the world will be able to vote on whoever they want for the cover of the magazine.
ValÃ©rie said a vote costs $ 5 and can be done online.
âBut if people just want to contribute a dollar or two to myself or Narfunda, then we’ll make sure it gets voted on, that we donate that money back for the vote, and all that money will go to the finalists’ scholarships in competition, âshe said.
Ross and ValÃ©rie both want to promote the region.
âWe try to promote local shopping,â Ross said. âWe are trying to promote the house. Home is where the heart is, so we were just trying to see, “How do we get, as they say, something out of nothing?” And I think that’s how we created the factory site.
âWith the artwork from Narfunda, we’re going to showcase rural Alabama because a lot of these other attendees that I’ve seen are from large urban areas,â said Valerie. “And we wanted to showcase rural Alabama and a bit of what it still looks like and how it’s progressing as well.”
To vote for Sydney or another teenager, visit https://www.inspiringteens.com/51.
The Inspiring Teens website states that Inspiring Teens is a âby teens for teensâ organization that is supervised by adults. He has awarded more than $ 75,000 in scholarships since January 25, 2019.