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Photography Student Jessica Paholsky Receives Kopp International Achievement Award

Photography Student Jessica Paholsky Receives Kopp International Achievement Award

Jessica Paholsky, a senior majoring in photography in the Penn State School of Visual Arts and visual journalism in the College of Communications, has been awarded the 2014 W. LaMarr Kopp International Achievement Award for undergraduate students.

The award recognizes undergraduate students who have contributed significantly to the advancement of the international mission of the University. It is named in honor of the late deputy vice president for international programs.

As a Schreyer Honors College freshman, Paholsky told her professors of her intent to become a photographer for the National Geographic Society. Since then, she has photographed laborers in Mexico and an olive harvest in Italy, and this spring traveled to Cuba as part of an international reporting class. “Her roots are in small-town Pennsylvania, but Ms. Paholsky is developing a sophisticated worldview by taking advantage of opportunities to study and report overseas,” one nominator said.

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