I have been working on a number of projects with Qijaana, a Homewood-Flossmoor high school senior who is planning for college, with an engineering major in mind.

Qijanna is a soft-spoken, thoughtful young woman I met through my daughter last summer when the two of them worked together for the Cook County Forest Preserve, clearing out invasive plants, maintaining trails and fending off swarms of mosquitoes.

This summer, Qijaana has been working with me on a few projects, including assisting me when necessary with on-location work.  A couple of weeks ago,  she lugged my gear around while I photographed the Homewood Art & Garden Fair.  What a trooper.  It was so hot my glasses were steaming!  But she has such a great attitude and work ethic, and I was so glad I brought her along.
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