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Senior Enya Cirillo Wins a National Geographic Scholarship

She will travel to France and Switzerland this summer on a photographic expedition.

Enya Cirillo

Enya Cirillo

Erin Kelly, Managing Editor

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Enya Cirillo’s brand new passport will get its first stamps this summer when she travels to France and Switzerland on a highly sought-after National Geographic photography student expedition scholarship. Enya will have two-and-a-half weeks to soak-up Europe and learn from a professional photographer before she goes to art school in the fall.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the world for the first time,” she said. While she may not have literally traveled very far she has experienced the world through the people she knows and loves. She wrote in her scholarship application essay, “My mind has traveled far and wide, but I’ve never been given the opportunity to travel physically rather than mentally and I hope that National Geographic will help me do just that.”

She said she is especially appreciative of Ms. Wetzel and Mrs. Wienckowski who wrote the necessary teacher recommendations.

The daughter of Bolivian-American and Uruguayan parents, Enya grew up in a Buffalo apartment complex surrounded by African, Hispanic, European and Asian immigrants. “Throughout my  childhood, making conversation was never a hassle. The easiest conversation starter was the small hand-held camera I religiously carried around,” she wrote in her winning essay. “My interests in photography grew faster and wider. With those who lived above or below me and those who I’ve evolved with, I kept myself busy by listening to them share stories about their ethnicity. As they shared, I captured.”

 

 

 

 

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3 Responses to “Senior Enya Cirillo Wins a National Geographic Scholarship”

  1. Mercedes on April 24th, 2017 3:58 PM

    Cuánto me alegro Enya q ese sueño de abrite al mundo se te pueda cumplir!! Algún día podrás venir a conocer tus raíces uruguayas, imagino q Daniela estará muy emocionada y feliz aunque vayas x pocos días, como madre le serán días eternos. Felicitaciones y te deseo muchos éxitos y grandes logros en este futuro tan prometedor!! Aprovecha cada segundo!!! besos desde Uruguay!!

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  2. Patricia Rafel on April 25th, 2017 8:29 AM

    Con tu talento, creatividad, inteligencia y confianza, tú lograste abrir esta puerta y lograrás abrir todas las puertas que te propongas. ¡Felicitaciones por este logro y por los que vienen!

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  3. M Daniela Cirillo on May 8th, 2017 1:27 PM

    Dear daughter, your dad and I we are very proud of you , because on your first day of kindergarten until now your last year in high school you have overcome many obstacles at this part of your life.
    For us you always has been very good dauhgter and very good student, Thanks to these two teachers who recognized your great effort for that reason and with our heart you deserve this great opportunity!
    Enjoy very much, that the world opens for you!
    We love you !

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