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A Rock’s Point of View

Kylie Hatt

9th Grade, MVRHS

This photo was taken up-Island in West Tisbury near Captain Flanders Inn in the late afternoon as the sun began to set.  This photo is intended to illustrate my desire to preserve all open areas on the Vineyard.  I don’t want the open fields to be used for, say, solar panel arrays, or for large developments.  But I also want to preserve our trees.  Not only do they provide us with oxygen, but more important to me, they symbolize the Vineyard.  Try to imagine the Vineyard without trees.  Pretty hard, isn’t it?

Special Distinctions

Little Creek on a Foggy Day

Samantha Bettencourt

11th Grade, MVRHS

This photograph of a creek by South Beach was taken on a foggy day, the best time to take pictures to my mind because the fog provides a mood of calm.  I love this spot because it is away from the busy beach and because it is peaceful both to look at and to be at, especially when I am not in a good mood.  I think this picture is powerful because it captures a place of retreat. While most people would not sit and look at this creek, preferring the beach, this quiet spot is a beautiful part of our island and it would be a shame to lose it.

A World with No Buildings

Emilia Capelli

12th Grade, MVRHS

This is the view from the window in my kitchen.  Today most of our houses and buildings don’t have more than 2 floors, so it is easy to see over them.  But what if one day we couldn’t see sunsets from our backyards because tall buildings were in the way?  Our Island offers a beautiful and, I think, unique skyline cherished by both Island folk and tourists.  Let’s try to make sure Martha’s Vineyard stays that way so that we don’t lose the sunset view, so that we can continue to see that natural beauty every single night from our own backyards.

Our Very Own Swan Lake Ballet

Beatriz Da Costa

10th Grade, MVRHS

This picture was taken on Sengekontacket earlier this spring.  The day I took this picture was the first time I ever saw swans swimming beautifully and freely.  It brought me back to my childhood where I always dreamt about seeing a swan turn into a princess.  The point of my photograph is not just to conserve Sengekontacket and the swans, but to preserve children’s imaginations.

Nothing Gold Can Stay

Adelaide Keene

9th Grade, MVRHS

This photograph of the Unicorn, one of only two year-round boats still fishing from the small community of Menemsha, represents more than just a fishing boat.  It represents the long-standing fishing history of the Vineyard and yet it reminds me of how life in Menemsha is changing with each new generation. 

I have grown up in Menemsha exploring the back ponds, walking the streets, swimming in the beautiful water and learning the ins and outs of being a fisherman.  Although it is inevitable that this small village will change with time, I believe that it is important to preserve what we love about this seaside community.

Woods Preserve

Caroline Roddy

9th Grade, MVRHS


During a recent winter walk in the Woods Preserve, I wanted to capture the oak trees that are scattered throughout the property.  Despite their devastation from either caterpillar invasions or drought conditions, the oak trees still look beautiful in their starkness and persistence.  By contrast, in the foreground is a person wearing a blue hat – making it look like the trees are deer antlers growing out of the hat.  This shows the animated and lively side of the Woods Preserve. These trees, in all of their many states, are very essential to the personality of Martha’s Vineyard.