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Your Dream is Our Dream: Alejandro Chavez-Partida

Your Dream is Our Dream is an initiative of Kent ISD

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
Kelloggsville High School senior Alejandro Chavez-Partida photographed Grand Rapids Gold guard Norris Cole shooting a jump shot over Wisconsin Herd guard Lindell Wigginton during a game at Van Andel Arena in November (courtesy)

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.”

Alejandro aims his camera to photograph Kelloggsville High School freshman Jiel Collier jumping for a basket against Calvin Christian High School on Feb. 21
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Sean Bradley
Sean Bradley
Sean Bradley is a DeWitt native who has worked as a news reporter in several cities in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. He moved to Grand Rapids in March 2022 to be closer to the entertainment scene including live music and comedy. After graduating in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in journalism from Central Michigan University, he started his writing career at the Manistee News Advocate, covering city government and law enforcement. He later moved onto The Morning Sun in Alma, and in 2018, went to the Livingston Daily Press and Argus. At these newspapers, he covered school boards and got to know superintendents and staff, learning the ins and outs of education reporting. He is excited to be reporting on Kelloggsville Public Schools for School News Network.


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