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Local Graduates Are Doin’ It
By Brian W. Carter (Staff Writer)
Published June 26, 2014

Angela Francis has received multiple awards and accolades in photography and is looking forward to becoming a photojournalist.

(From left to right): L.A. City Councilman Curren Price, Elona Williams & Dr. Bettye Walker at A-MAN, Inc. STEM International 23rd Annual Tom Bradley Dinner

All Photos by Brian W. Carter

Angela Francis and Elona Williams are two young ladies that are on their way to the top.

Its graduation month and all around the nation youth are starting their journeys into adulthood. Two local young ladies are also starting their journeys and doing big things on top of that. Angela Francis and Elona Williams have a list of accomplishments between the two of them to make any university proud.

Francis recently graduated from Bishop Montgomery High School in Torrance, CA. She is a self-taught photographer and has been taking professional photos for a number of years. At Venice Arts, Francis focused on black and white portraiture and documentary work.

She has garnered a list of accomplishments including being the National Young Arts Foundations Gold Award recipient, a grand prize finalist in the Music Center’s Spotlight Awards and being published on the NY Times Lens Blog.

Francis recently became a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, which means her work will be shown in the Smithsonian and other places as well as receive a medallion from the president. She also received first place in the Music Center’s Spotlight Award.

Francis will be attending Boston University on a full-ride scholarship in the fall. She has already chosen her major in Photojournalism.

Williams graduated from View Park Prep High School and was a part of the Rugby Team. She was also a part of the inaugural ICEF/Shanghai Sport for All Exchange, where she led the girls’ team, which was filmed and featured as a part of the Pan African Film Festival this year.

Last year, Williams participated in the Shanghai, China program for 10 days. She taught and coached rugby to local students, playing rugby, taking part in local cuisine and cooking, and staying with a local coach, all culminating at the Shanghai International Rugby 7’s event. She was asked to return later in Fall of 2013 Rugby Development Official by herself. The ICEF Rugby Program has also sent Williams to France as well.

Williams is a member of the STEM Center and is the Center’s 2014 Young Ladies Achiever. Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and 62nd Assembly District honorable Steven Bradford recently presented certificates honoring Williams’ achievements.

Williams is class valedictorian and received a scholarship from Dr. Bettye Walker, president, A-MAN, Inc. STEM Center and is an International STEM Education Alliance awardee. The 23rd Annual Tom Bradley Recognition Dinner was held at the STEM Conference Center in Inglewood. Williams will be attending UC Irvine in the Fall and plans to major in Bio-Science with an emphasis in Sports Therapy.

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