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Whitworth student discovers the world through photography

Bao looks through the viewfinder on a large camera.Bao Tran, '19, first encountered photography during his freshman year of high school when he signed up for the class Advanced Placement Studio Art. Tran's class mentors, Richard Bech and Kirk Hirota, noticed his strong potential and through their encouragement, Tran grew passionate about photography. He ended up being involved with the class for all four years of high school. "As I kept exploring the field," Tran says, "I became fascinated and could never put the camera down."

As Tran delves deeper into the art of photography, he continues discovering new aspects of the world through his lens.

"The most enjoyable part of photography for me is being able to create anything I can imagine," Tran says. "Realistic or not, the possibilities are endless. I don't think I could get bored with photography, because I feel I've only scratched the surface."

Tran is also interested in videography. He began by creating a few independent short films, and then he interned as a videographer at his school, John R. Rogers High School, in Spokane. As an intern, he worked on projects such as teacher collaboration videos and a promotion for a literacy campaign. In addition, he has also worked on several projects for Whitworth, including helping to produce a donor impact video.

Tran was born in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and moved to Spokane at a young age with his family. In fall 2015 he entered Whitworth as a freshman and as an Act Six Scholar. Act Six seeks to develop urban and community leaders to be agents of transformation on campus and in their home communities. Although Tran expects to face challenges in his educational career, he believes the Act Six community at Whitworth will support him through any obstacle.

"To develop my leadership skills, I will need an environment where I can challenge opinions, take action, and gain support and trust," Tran says. "Whitworth provides that environment."

He is grateful to the donors who are helping to support his Whitworth education. "The donors have shown dedication and faith to nurture my educational career," he says. "The only way I can even begin to express my gratitude is to make the next four years life changing by playing a part in fulfilling Whitworth's mission."