Evergreen Park senior has sights set on a picture-perfect future
BY CHERYL DANGEL BARTOLINI Correspondent May 10, 2013 2:56PM
Brittany DeMik has always been interested in writing and taking pictures. She started a school photography club at Evergreen Park High School, Thursday, February 28, 2013. | Joseph P. Meier~Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 14, 2013 6:01AM
Brittney DeMik started taking pictures when she was young.
By the time she was in eighth grade, her interest in photography had fully developed.
When DeMik arrived at Evergreen Park High School, as a freshman, she was ready to delve into her hobby with a photography class. Unfortunately, she couldn’t take that class until she was a sophomore.
That news didn’t deter her. She decided to join the school photography club, and when she learned there wasn’t one, she decided it was time to create one from scratch.
“I wrote up a petition, got it signed, brought it to the superintendent of the school and found a teacher to sponsor the club. I got it all done, and the photography club was put into effect my freshman year,” DeMik said.
But dabbling in 35mm and digital photography wasn’t enough for DeMik, 17. She has two loves: photography and writing.
“I always have been interested in writing and taking pictures. Since taking pictures is what I do most, I thought I’d take pictures around the school and bring them to the newspaper and yearbook to see if they’d use them. They liked them, and after a while, they started assigning me stories to write,” DeMik said.
DeMik, now a senior about to graduate, is the editor of the school yearbook as well as the school newspaper, the “Mustang Monitor.”
“I enjoy making sure that the newspaper and yearbook are appealing to our students and that it is something they’ll want to read. I like the idea of keeping the memories of Evergreen going,” said DeMik, who oversees the content for both publications.
She’s still taking pictures, too.
“I take photos of things that are around me as well as class pictures and various clubs and events. They are mostly all candid shots,” she said.
Mentoring her along the way is her photography and computer graphics teacher, Libby McArthur.
“She is my go-to person if I have a question about my photos or the projects I work on in computer graphics,” DeMik said. “She gives me the feedback I need to improve on my work.”
She also values the advice of family friend Scott Stewart, a photographer for the Chicago Sun-Times.
He has helped me with the technical issues of my camera and tells me how to take my photos. He has also told me how to improve my work,” DeMik said.
While the photography club, newspaper and yearbook have kept her busy, DeMik also has been involved with Students Against Destructive Decisions, Operation Teen Safe Driving, student leadership, Operation Snowball, the freshman mentor program, Scholastic Bowl and National Honor Society. She helped with a cleaning drive to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy, and she volunteers at Ronald McDonald House.
Next school year, DeMik, the daughter of Kim and Phil DeMik, of Evergreen Park, will attend Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis., where she plans to major in computer graphics and minor in photography.
“I’m hoping to go into advertising or maybe working for a company where I can travel and take photos,” she said. “A dream would be to take photos for ‘National Geographic.’ ”
Always anticipating the next great photo, DeMik for now has got her eye on her future.
“My schoolwork keeps me focused because I have the classes,” she said.
“Once I complete all my schoolwork, because that is what is most important to me, then I can go out and take photos.”
Her family and school keep her motivated.
“I don’t want to say they praise my work, but they like what I am capable of doing and that is what keeps me going,” she said.