By Joyce Hudson for The Island Connection
Photos by Pinita Tovar
Charleston Collegiate School’s senior Pinita Tovar is the winner of the year-long portrait and photojournalism competition for upper school students at CCS. Her topic was the different generations of her family, and her submitted work won praise from her community mentor Gretchen Gross, a member of the Kiawah Island Photography Club, and judges and photographers Sue Corcoran, Jack Kotz and well-known photojournalist Alice Keeney. Tovar’s work exhibits a sophisticated sense of composition, lighting and an accomplished creative approach to the subject matter for someone her age. Throughout the process Tovar showed a dedication to present her best work and great maturity in her interaction with adults. She is truly a role model for her peers.
Tovar’s achievements are as follows: Junior Marshal, Tennis Team Captain, Soccer Team Co-Captain, Yearbook Co-Editor, and participant in Palmetto Girls State, 2015. Tovar enjoys playing tennis, making and selling hats, photography, and spending time with her family. She has been a volunteer for Race for the Cure.
Tovar plans to major in Civil Engineering with a possible minor in graphic design. She has been accepted at The University of New Orleans, University of Denver, Presbyterian College, Eckerd College and is awaiting decisions from a few more colleges and universities. Her goal is to “learn as much as I can in the time I have to live.” She loves helping people understand new things, being involved with events, and creating new things. “I consider myself a teacher, a student, an innovator, a creator and a leader.”
Tovar has had a very positive experience at Charleston Collegiate and she shared the following with me: “While being a student at Charleston Collegiate I have become part of a family. An environment with teachers that would do anything to help you not only learn but grow as a person. This is actually what I love most about Charleston Collegiate, the emphasis on community. Students are encouraged to be a bit selfish and take as much knowledge as we can but we are also encouraged to humble ourselves and help others learn too. From our leadership sessions where we are allowed to bond as a class trying to work together to complete a common task, to our individual senior exhibition projects, we are comfortable knowing that anyone is willing to help.
CCS has taught me that it only takes a simple act such as smiling and saying “hello” to brighten up a lower school student’s day. The day I graduate I know I will miss my fellow classmates, the underclassmen and the teachers because it will be hard to find the same atmosphere.”