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Carroll High School photography student chosen for prestigious YoungArts Program

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Ella Abbott
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WBOI News
Bayan Yunis, a senior photography student at Carroll High School, explains the meaning behind her piece 'Cut From the Same Cloth.' "The various family dynamics I see," she said. "They have almost a superiority complex, but in reality the faults they call out in others are their same faults."

A Carroll High School senior returned from a week-long trip to Miami for the National YoungArts Week last week. She’s only the third student from Carroll to ever receive the honor.

Bayan Yunis was one of 10 students from around the country selected as a finalist in the photography division of the National YoungArts Competition for 2023.

She had to submit a portfolio to be considered for the honor.

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Ella Abbott
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WBOI News
Yunis' first piece, called 'Predictable,' was created during the COVID-19 pandemic. She said it was about the predictability and un-timeliness of the lockdown.

“So, my portfolio was about any struggle I endured and what I interpreted as a visualization of that,” she said.
Yunis’ first piece was called ‘Predictable’ and focused on the predictability of each day during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The competition focuses on emerging artists ages 15-18. Winners receive financial awards, work with renowned mentors and become eligible for further accolades.

“It’s very hard to believe,” Bayan said. "I never imagined that my work would get this far."

Following her week in Miami studying with YoungArts, Yunis will now be submitted as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts.

Ella Abbott is a multimedia reporter for 89.1 WBOI. She is a strong believer in the ways audio storytelling can engage an audience and create a sensory experience.