Cactus Shadows High School

The winners of the “The World is Big so Dream Big!” photo contest at Cactus Shadows High School.

A group of world language students from Cactus Shadows High School found a way to celebrate the beautiful world we live in during this pandemic.

The Cactus Shadows High School Chinese National Honor Society hosted a global photo competition for students and staff that had more than 40 submissions. The theme, “The World is Big so Dream Big!” resonated with many who have been without travel during this pandemic.

For those who didn’t have travel photos, there was a category to post a photo of a university in another country as a way to help students realize there are so many opportunities waiting. Principal Tony Vining and support staff celebrated the winners by having an awards ceremony.

“This was a great way to bring all of our world language students and staff together,” Vining said. “The murals made by the students will be a reminder that we all live in this big, beautiful world and that soon we will be able to enjoy all of it again.”

The first-place winner was Adam Schwartz. The second-place winners were Lauren Anderson as well as Dennis and Irene O’Hare. The third-place winners were Logan Crist, Seth Schnek and Kyra Wiese. All participants got a Chinese-style souvenir. Vining also recognized the Chinese Honor Society seniors for their excellent job for learning and sharing Chinese language and cultures.