Winning first place in the state of Georgia wasn't enough for Erica Green. She made sure she was on the podium at the national level as well.
Erica, a rising junior at Thomson High School, placed third in the nation at the Technology Student Association's national competition in the area of imaging technology. This was the first time Erica had participated at the national level which was held in Nashville, Tenn., this year.
THS Junior Erica Green poses wih her presentation and trophy.
Photo by Kristopher Wells
THS technology teacher Greg Shouse said the high placing wasn't a surprise because Erica is good at what she does. But competition won't make her complacent.
She said she's always trying to improve her technique and skill through the art of photography.
"I just enjoy expressing myself through the pictures I take and seeing how much better I can get each time I take a new picture," Erica said.
Erica came back from the TSA competition with a smile worthy of pictures. And she will have plenty of time to improve on her third place finish from this year with two more years of eligibility.
"It feels pretty good because if I can do that, I'm pretty sure I can do anything," Erica said.
The competition consisted of taking pictures with a digital camera and working with them in a computer program called Photoshop. The printed photos were then placed on a presentation board for viewing by the judges.
Each year's competition has a theme, and this year's was "Some things never change." The subject matter in Erica's pictures consisted of landscapes, flowers and pets. She also took pictures of technology-themed items such as compact disks and cars.
Erica's high placing in the national competition has further strengthened her desire to pursue opportunities in the field of photography and imaging.
"If it continues, I'm hoping to probably try and make a career out of it," she said.