Sunday, December 28, 2014

2010 Inquirer Student Citizenship Award

122 high school seniors honored as recipients of Student Citizenship Award

2010 Inquirer Student Citizenship Award

The newspaper presented awards to 122 high school seniors in a ceremony at the National Constitution Center Thursday, honoring them as recipients of the fourth annual Inquirer Student Citizenship Award.

Former colleague, now freelance photographer Robert O. Williams shot the group photo, as well as each of the individual honorees as they received their award. That allowed me to wander around watching the parents and checking out the scene "backstage." Click here, on the photo of students in line behind Delaware's John Dickinson in Constitution Signers' Hall, for a gallery of those images.

Tom Gralish Inquirer Staff Photographer
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Tom Gralish is a general assignment photographer at The Inquirer, concentrating on local news and self-generated feature photos.

He has been at the paper since 1983, photographing everything from revolution in the Philippines to George W. Bush’s road to the White House to homeless people living on the street right outside his newspaper's front door. For his photo essay on Philadelphia’s homeless, he was awarded both the Pulitzer Prize and the Robert F. Kennedy Award.

His weekly newspaper column, "Scene Through the Lens," takes a look at Philadelphia's urban landscape.

Gralish, along with Inquirer colleague and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Michael Vitez, spent a year visiting the Philadelphia Museum of Art to capture the stories and photos of "Rocky runners" who come from all over the world to climb the steps - just as Sylvester Stallone did in the Academy Award winning film, Rocky. Their book, Rocky Stories: Tales of Love, Hope and Happiness at America’s Most Famous Steps, was published in November 2006.

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