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Senior Spotlight - Markel Randle, Southeast High School

Senior spotlight - Markel Randle, Southeast High School

Markel Randle Southeast High School senior Markel Randle decided to take a photography class in his freshman year, a decision which helped him discover a passion for film photography and has led to national recognition and a major scholarship.

“I didn’t really like photography when I first started, but when I started shooting photos with film, I really became a lot more interested,” said Randle.

Randle played basketball all four years in high school. He was injured freshman year and couldn’t finish the season. While he was recuperating, he began focusing on taking photos of his younger siblings and developed a passion for photography.

“My favorite thing about photography is being able to look at a photo and remember everything that happened in that moment,” said Randle.

Randle’s photography teacher Gina Brillhart says photography has given Randle the opportunity to develop his own sense of style and artistic vision.

“In class, he shows initiative, creativity, and a dedication to both the process and product in art making which makes his work outstanding,” Brillhart said. “Outside of his studies, he has become involved in the local arts community while also developing connections with other photographers and researching techniques in his craft.”

Randle has had the opportunity to participate in the local art scene and has had his work featured in Final Friday showcase events.

In March, Randle won a $10,000 Gold Medal Portfolio Award from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious scholarship and recognition program for creative teens in grades 7–12. In addition to the scholarship, he will attend a week-long national celebration in New York City, which includes a ceremony at Carnegie Hall on June 6.

As for his future plans, Randle will attend the Kansas City Art Institute, double majoring in film and photography.