Photography by Karen Nicole Photography
Meet Samuel. He is Beauty Revived.
It is a privilege to write about such a great young man. Samuel Watson is an amazing person inside and out. When his mother said that “he has been a blessing from Above and has exceeded all expectations”, she was most certainly correct!
Sammy has maintained a 4.0 GPA his entire high school career at Hazel Green High School, even while taking on the difficult advanced, honors classes. He has always shown himself to be a conscientious and persistent student and has earned many academic awards with his perseverance and drive. A few include having the highest GPA in Computer Programming, French I/II, and Pre-AP & Advanced Placement Chemistry. In addition to his academic successes, Sammy participates in several extracurricular activities. He is a member of the National Honor Society, which is a group based on service to others, and is also a member of Junior Optimists and Junior Civitans, which are groups of high school students dedicated to helping our community.
One of the most astounding facts about Sammy is that he founded a drug prevention group, “Today’s Youth, Tomorrow’s Leaders” in 2013 to combat the rise of prescription pill abuse in the Madison County area. Samuel started the program after seeing several of his friends abusing prescription pills, marijuana, and heroin. He wanted to prevent his friends from regretting the mistakes they were making and bring awareness to his community about the dangers of drug abuse. His organization consists of 20 students from several schools in the greater Huntsville area. The group promotes their message through the use of social media platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube in addition to their website (www.tytl.com), radio, television, and the Partner for a Drug Free Community’s website (www.partnershipforadrug-freecommunity.org/tytl.html). They have been featured on television and radio stations, and even on the most popular news website in the state of Alabama, www.AL.com because of their successful efforts in spreading the message about the dangers of pill abuse. Over the Summer, TYTL held a town hall meeting in Huntsville to inform the community about the dangers of prescription pills and heroin.
Even while taking on all his academic and extra-curricular activities, Sammy has also managed to deal with the deaths of his grandparents this year, balance a job where he is an Assistant Manager, and continues to help his mother with family responsibilities with his younger brother and sisters. He is also a member and regularly attends church at Hazel Green United Methodist. There, he has raised money for local food banks, cleaned up community roads, and attended mission trips, both local and abroad. One mission trip in particular was to Eleuthera, Bahamas where he helped the mission team to repair windows, roofs, and walls for families with storm damaged and older homes. In order to attend this trip, he worked hard to raise the money for the traveling fees through various fundraisers.
As you can see, Sammy is definitely a leader and role model in our community and in his school. He has gone above and beyond to be a good citizen and a person of great character and ambition. He is always willing to help those in need and is one of the kindest young men you’ll ever meet. I am so glad his mother nominated Samuel and we hope you’ll see him as an excellent recipient for the Beauty Revived magazine and scholarship opportunity… because Samuel is Beauty Revived.
About the Photographer
I’m a wife, mother and photographer that’s on a mission to help teens FEEL and SEE themselves as truly amazing! There’s nothing better than watching their face when they see the back of my camera… It makes my day!
I wish I’d have paid attention to myself in high school… you see, I was on the yearbook staff, taking foreign language, singing in chorus, taking art classes and getting in trouble for talking in class.. all of those things point to a career in the arts! (Yes, even talking in class!) I had no idea that being creative could be a “real job” and it took me too long to figure it out, so my mission with my business is not only to make people feel amazing in front of my lens, but also to help teens realize their dreams are possible early on!
Photographing teens is the most rewarding job I’ve EVER had… I LOVE hearing them say they had fun at the session and are ready to do it all over again! I literally can’t wait to photograph each and every young person that steps in front of my lens.. This is what I was born to do!