Jessica Swanson, 16, is from Queens, N.Y., but resides in Ocean Springs. She will be a junior this fall at Ocean Springs High. In her free time, Swanson loves to volunteer. She is vice president of Model United Nations, a member of Junior Civitan, a candy striper at Ocean Springs Hospital, and a vacation Bible school counselor. She also volunteers for a summer reading program at Ocean Springs’ library. She has a younger brother, Billy. Swanson aspires to work for National Geographic because she wants to write and take pictures. The person who influenced her the most was her mother, Jodie. “My mom because she is really successful, and I want to be like her,” Swanson said. Swanson's favorite part of the workshop was taking photos in weird places like trees and the Southern Miss stadium.