A shutterbug at Jordan High is helping Canyons District send wishes of a picture-perfect yuletide.
A photograph taken by 17-year-old Shellby Carvalho shines bright on the cover of the District’s 10th annual holiday card, which is sent to local legislators, Utah’s members of Congress, and Canyons’ major supporters.
The star of Carvalho’s photo is her snow-white dog, Cali, a 2-year-old Great Pyrenees and Labrador mix she adopted from the Humane Society of Utah.
“Because my dog is white, I thought that was a symbol of simplicity and purity, which is what the holiday season is all about,” says Carvalho, who takes Advanced Placement art classes and is the school’s Sterling Scholar candidate in the visual arts category.
“I’m so happy that I was able to make it happen,” she said about the photo shoot, which required stringing up colorful lights well before the holiday season and getting the dog to sit still long enough to snap the shot. She also edited the images and used a photo-enhancement program to complete the design.
Carvalho plans to major in environmental studies at Westminster College next fall.
This is the fifth year Canyons District has asked students to create artwork for the official holiday card. Students from Corner Canyon, Brighton, Alta and Jordan Valley School have provided artwork in previous years.