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Evan is a senior at Hill City High School and will graduate in May 2012. He's one of the few graduates in the US whose HS Commencement Service is at Mount Rushmore, a national monument. Evan is a really cool guy with talents and interests that keep him and his parents hopping all year long. To name a few, he is a BMX bike racer, a saxophone player, a basketball player, a landscaper, an honor student and so much more. The water, cliffs, rocks, trails, bridges, and flora at Horse Thief Lake, provided a perfect place to shoot up a storm with Evan. Here's a fun shot of Evan and his dad arm wrestling over the hood of a very sweet 1970 Firebird Esprit, which is owned by Evan's dad.
Another senior friend of mine is lovely Kylie. I met Kylie's mom shortly after moving to Hill City, and am truly blessed to now know the entire Steever family. They are salt of the earth people, generous, smart, and loving to each other and others. Here's a collage from the first of three sessions that were held at Placerville Camp where Kylie's father is the director. It's a beautiful place.
Speaking of the Steevers - you've got to meet Ben, Kylie's brother. Ben and I share an interest in photography, and have had an opportunity to shoot with each other a couple times. He has a very good eye for composition and is clever and creative in all his work. On Halloween day, I subbed for the senior high art class, and Ben, a student, arranged a photo shoot for us after school. He recruited Carin and Jared, high school friends, to be our models. Those two had a chemistry that the camera liked. Of course it helped that both Carin and Jared are absolutely beautiful people. Mitchell Lake and the adjoining forest were perfect for the renaissance lady and pirate.
Justine and her mom were in the Hills last weekend visiting Todd and Shelly Larson and family. While in the Rapid City Pet Shop, Justine spotted this adorable puppy who crawled from underneath the litter to make her way to the glass to greet Justine. It was pretty much "love at first sight." Justine named her new Schnauzer mix puppy Remi. They are so sweet together.
I want to express my appreciation to the parents, grandparents, teachers, community members, and all who make an impact in the lives of our younger generation. Franklin D. Roosevelt said it best, "We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future."