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Monday, January 21, 2013

Ridge View students help start photography class

Ready for class - Kate Mathes and Katie Boyle are pictured with one of Ridge View High School's new digital cameras and a hard copy of a Photography textbook. Both items were purchased with grant money from the Ida County Betterment Fund. Photo contributed
HOLSTEIN - Two Ridge View High School seniors, Katie Boyle and Kate Mathes, felt that there was a need for a photography class at their school. Unfortunately, the school did not have the funds available to purchase the equipment required for such a class. The students dealt with this obstacle by writing a grant proposal to the Ida County Betterment Fund, and their hard work paid off when their proposal was accepted and they were granted $2,100 to help with the start-up costs for the proposed program.

Students also raised money from several sponsors in the surrounding communities, collecting a total sum of nearly $3,000, and the students are grateful to the following local sponsors who helped make the new class a reality: McGuire Auction, UBI (Holstein), Christina Kjar, Agnew - Soseman Insurance, Vohs Seeds LL. C , Holstein Super Market, Paul Larson Insurance, Nick Jensen Funeral Home, Good Samaritan, and Cosgrove Law Firm.

The first Photography class is scheduled to begin next trimester, starting on February 2, 2013 and running through the end of the trimester on May 21st. Angie Kohn will be the class nstructor, and she says that students will be using digital cameras in the class to learn how to utilize the manual settings, and will also have the Adobe Photoshop program available to allow them to digitally edit their photos. Students will be using e-books for the 'textbook' instructional portion of the class.

"The students are excited for this class to start," said Kohn. "They take pictures all the time with their cell phones and 'point and shoot' cameras, so they are eager to get an opportunity to develop their photography skills and knowledge."

Two of those students, Kate Mathes and Katie Boyle, added, "We know this will be a wonderful expansion to our art program here at Ridge View."

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