Kelloggsville — A question changed the course of Alejandro Chavez-Partida’s life.
The Kelloggsville High School senior had his soccer-playing career cut short as a sophomore due to an injury, which he said made him depressed.
“Then one day, I walked into my graphic and design teacher’s classroom, Rob Fron, where he asked me if I knew how to take pictures,” recalled Alejandro.
He said he told Fron he knew how to take pictures, but only with a camera phone.
He said Fron taught him three important things about how to use a camera: how to hold one, how to focus the lens, and how to remove the lens.
‘I owe everything to Mr. Fron. He has been there for me every step of the way, and has motivated me to become the best and has told me to keep chasing my dreams.’— Alejandro Chavez-Partida
What is your dream? “My dream is to open up my own photography studio someday and become my own boss.”
What do you hope to do as a career or occupation? “I hope to become a professional photographer and travel across the country to photograph different sporting events.”
How are school and your teachers helping you achieve your dream? “Kelloggsville has helped me a lot through this journey. If it wasn’t for all of the staff’s support and guidance I wouldn’t be where I am today. But I do want to say one thing: I owe everything to Mr. Fron. He has been there for me every step of the way and has motivated me to become the best and has told me to keep chasing my dreams.
“I would also like to thank Mr. Zuiderveen, my business teacher. He has opened up so many opportunities for me. He was able to go out of his way and find media passes for me to photograph a professional basketball game. It was for the Grand Rapids Gold.
“This school overall has seen my growth from the day I started to now.”