By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski
Chandler Prep student Alexandra Chen’s photography is on display as a holiday ornament on a Christmas tree in the home of Vice President Joe and Dr. Jill Biden.
It was one honor she almost didn’t find out about.
“I actually didn’t even know about it until two weeks ago,” said the 14-year-old freshman. “My mom found it in her junk email.”
Alexandra, the eldest of three children, was one of several young photographers whose work was selected through the National Geographic’s Kids My Shot program to be displayed on a rotating basis.
The photo she snapped depicted her family decorating their garage door for the July 4th holiday.
“We’re starting a new tradition of decorating our garage door for all of the holidays,” Alexandra said. “We just get chalk and draw on it. The Fourth of July was our first one.”
Alexandra has been interested in photography for about two years. She learned techniques from her parents as well as National Geographic My Shot contributors.
Alexandra’s mom, Eliza Chang, was surprised but proud of her daughter.
“She likes to take photos everywhere,” she said enthusiastically. “Everywhere we go, it’s pictures, pictures, pictures, then we should go home and delete most of them. She doesn’t think they’re good enough, but she’s very good.”
Besides photography, Alexandra enjoys reading and horseback riding, especially with her horse Flash, who is housed in her trainer’s barn.
“I love horses,” said Alexandra, whose favorite subject in school is French.
In a press release from the National Geographic Kids, Jill Biden praised the efforts of those chosen for this honor.
“Joe and I are so proud to bring the creativity of so many young photographers from across the country into our home and to see the world through their lens,” she said. “I am so impressed by the incredible talent and professionalism of these kid photographers and I look forward to sharing their work with our family, friends and all those who visit the vice president’s residence.”
This selection is also very special to the personnel at National Geographic Kids.
“I’m thrilled to join Dr. Biden in congratulating the extraordinarily talented young photographers whose images have been selected for display at the Vice President’s Residence,” said National Geographic Society President and CEO Gary E. Knell. “National Geographic is committed to inspiring, educating and celebrating young people, because they are the leaders who will protect our planet in the future.”