“I was taking a picture and noticed a lot of light shining down. I realized we need light for everything. God gave it to us so we can see and do everything else that moves us, and that really moves me,” she said.
In her free time, the Crooked Oak third-grader enjoys playing with her sisters. When she grows up, she wants to be a photographer or a professional basketball player.
“I love taking pictures. I was scared when I first started, but now I feel more comfortable since I know that I'm good at it,” Iyana said.
Joshua Huling, 22, the club's youth development professional and photography instructor, said the girls' work went beyond what he expected.
“They both went a different route and did their own thing, but I think they knocked it out of the ballpark,” Huling said.
Huling, a secondary education and photography major, said he got involved with The Boys and Girls Club after his own membership as a child in Shawnee left a lasting impression on him.
“I was in the Boys and Girls Club the first time I picked up a camera,” Huling said. “My love for photography just grew from there.”
The girls' essays and photos will go on to the national competition. Winners will be announced in June.