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Westport students featured in national photo collection

One of the pictures submitted by Westport Central School senior Sarah Looby to the NY Times' "My Hometown" photo collection.

One of the pictures submitted by Westport Central School senior Sarah Looby to the NY Times' "My Hometown" photo collection.

— Out of the 4,289 images that make up the New York Times “My Hometown” online slideshow, a few may look familiar to residents of Wadhams and Westport.

That’s because a pair of Westport Central School seniors, Sarah Looby and John Doyle, submitted their photographs with the help of technology teacher Paul Mudie to the nationwide search for images that, according to the media giant, “create an important and lasting document of America today as seen by teenagers.”

“I live right on the river where the waterfall is,” Looby said. “I used Photoshop and had two really nice photos of a rainbow and the falls that I combined to make it look like the rainbow was right over the falls. I also went out and took some pictures in the woods around Wadhams.”

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One of the pictures submitted by Westport Central School senior John Doyle to the NY Times' "My Hometown" photo collection.

Doyle said he also used the waterfalls as inspiration.

“I tried to incorporate a lot of Wadhams, and the falls is one of the things that defines it,” Doyle said. “I also went into Westport and took pictures at the Westport Marina because Lake Champlain is such a huge part of our community along with a picture at the Depot Theatre, which is such a great, historic building.”

The students submitted their works last year, as juniors, when Looby was taking photography and Doyle was taking video production, classes taught by Mudie.

“They are both very talented individuals who have a good eye for photography and I was pleased to see their work be recognized,” Mudie said. “I opened this opportunity up to members of my classes and they were the two that took advantage of it.”

“Mr. Mudie was very helpful in getting everything out,” Doyle said.

“He helped us to get everything entered,” Looby said. “It was great to be part of a nationwide thing like this.”

To see their submissions, go to nytimes.com/projects/2013/lens-my-hometown. Under the Browse by state or students name icon on the top right of the page, search the names “Sarah Looby” and “John Doyle.”

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