South Lake Tahoe High School student photography club visits San Francisco |

South Lake Tahoe High School student photography club visits San Francisco

Sebastian Foltz

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — For the students in the South Lake Tahoe High School Visual Arts club, February’s school break was an opportunity for new experiences and a chance to expand their photography skills. The grant-funded club spent a long weekend in San Francisco shooting photos of the city and Chinese New Year festivities.

“It went really well,” school photography teacher and program director Candi Lincoln said, explaining that it was the first time in the city for a number of the 21 students on the trip.

“My lens takes me on a lot of adventures,” Lincoln said of the inspiration for the annual visit, “and that’s what I want them to do.”

The group spent two nights in the old military barracks near the Fisherman’s Wharf and had the opportunity to visit some of the city’s iconic destinations like Lombard Street.

“It was a wonderful experience,” South Lake Tahoe Community College photography professor Pat Leonard-Heffner said. She helped chaperone the group, which included her daughter Mikayla Heffner.

“I think they’re all very talented,” Leonard-Heffner said. “There were all different levels. Some of the kids are really advanced.”

In addition to the San Francisco trip, the club attends the annual Paiute tribal powwow in Bishop, California.

“We’re the official photographers for the powwow,” Lincoln said.

They also plan to visit Yosemite later this year.

The program is funded through grants from the Lake Tahoe Education Foundation and El Dorado Community Foundation.

Look for more student photos online at and the club’s website,

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