Genna - Senior Portrait Photography Session - Pensacola

What’s your name?  Do you have a nickname(s)?

Genevieve (Genna) Edwards”

What extracurricular activities where you involved in?

“I am a four-year letterman of the GBHS Varsity Swim Team and also a four-year member of the GBHS Soundwave Marching Band. I was selected to represent these organizations as a Captain for the Swim Team and the Brass Band Captain for the Soundwave Band. Additional GBHS organizations I am an active member of include the Symphonic Band (4 years), Marine Science Club (4 years), and Health Academy (4 years). I also participate in the Science National Honors Society (2 years), Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA, 3 years), and Tri-M. I currently serve as the Historian for HOSA and the co-founder and current president of the Marine Science Club. For the past four years I have been actively involved with TAV (Teenage Volunteer Program at Gulf Breeze Baptist Hospital), Ocean Hour (nonprofit environmental group), and the Navy Point Living Shoreline Project.”

What are your plans for after high school?

“I plan to go to a four-year university to study health and factors that affects health in communities.”

How do you spend your free time?

“I hang-out with my friends and family. I do beach clean-ups with Ocean Hour.”

What inspires you?

“My passion is helping people. I drive in life is to contribute to the health and welfare of people worldwide. I am constantly being inspired to share my love and compassion with others.”

Where do you hope to be in 10 years?

“I hope to be working for a federal public health agency.”

What’s the best advice you’ve been given?

“Focus on growth rather than perfection”

If you were stranded on an island, what 5 things would you bring with you, and why?

“A knife, fishing net, blow-up raft with rows, hammock, and box of matches or wind-up flashlight.”

What are you most proud of accomplishing while you were in high school?

“With the Marine Science Club, I implemented a sustainability project for my high school called “Conservation Stations” and look forward to seeing it come to completion this year. This project’s goal is to reduce the amount of single use plastic bottles generated on campus by installing 7 refillable water fountains throughout campus. This project helps decrease plastic pollution and ecological issues associated with marine life and terrestrial animals that are known to mistakenly use plastic pieces for their food source. We began by seeking sponsorships and speaking at festivals and to local civic organizations and raised over $2,000. I wrote and applied for a grant for the water bottle refilling stations. The club received a grant in the amount of $6,524 in November of 2018 to help fulfill this project. This project has made a tremendous effect on Gulf Breeze High School. It helped initiate difference and educating the attitudes of people on campus concerning single-use plastics. Not only has awareness increased, but also the school’s positive comradery around sustainability has strengthened. More students are actively seeking out ways to become more involved in community clean-ups. This project represents how the student body is becoming more conscious of their actions and hopefully becoming better stewards of the environment. And this is why this particular community service moment is the most meaningful to me. Not only does it have an impact on the school but also the environment and community.”

Photographer- Aislinn