First Place - 2014 Rich Mahan Best Student Portfolio
For the past five years, Mary Harris raised her two grandchildren, Kyle, 14, and Nevaeh, 5. Their mother Nichole, 38, has been incarcerated for auto theft and drug-related offenses. As a mother to her grandchildren, Mary has encountered new financial and emotional challenges that she did not face the first time she was a mother. With Nicholes forthcoming release, Mary hopes her life will return back to normal as she relinquishes her duties as a stand-in mother.
Mary wipes her eyes in frustration and exhaustion after Nevaeh climbed into the front seat of Marys moving car. Nevaeh refused to put her seatbelt on after Mary picked her up from school in Tampa, FL on Oct. 8, 2013.
Carolyn Van Houten