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Loudoun County High School (USA)

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This is our Team
Our city: Leesburg, Virginia
Our country: United States of America
Our timezone: Eastern Standard Time (GMT-5)

We wear these clothes: Jeans, T-Shirts, Sweatshirts, Sports Jerseys, Lounge Wear, Flip Flops.

We eat these foods: Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Mexican; ethnic cuisine is popular here, along with traditional American foods, such as pizza, burgers, and fries. Fast food is very popular, as well.

We grow these foods: Peanuts, corn

We practice these religions: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Sikh, Buddhism

We speak these languages: Mostly english, but a large portion of the population speaks Spanish as well. A variety of Middle-Eastern languages are also spoken here.

These animals live in our area: Deer, birds, squirrels, dogs, cats

These industries support our local economy: Small businesses as well as large corporations; computer-related companies thrive here.

We use these types of transportation: Car mostly, although some people walk or bike to places nearby.

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Kathy Kupka
Resident:Leesburg, Virginia, USA
Kathy Kupka was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and lived there until her family moved to the suburbs of the city when Kathy was five years old. After graduating from an all-girls? high school in 1967, Kathy worked in the corporate world. She moved to Leesburg, Virginia, in 1993 and began taking photography classes at NOVA Community College in 1994. Kathy has been interested in photography since she was in the third grade, when she received an assignment to write about historic Philadelphia. Her father insisted that she should take her own photographs for the project, to truly experience the city. This was when her passion for photography really took off, and from then on, she always brought a camera to her other activities, such as Girl Scouts.

After Kathy had started taking photography classes at NOVA, she began using the children and pets of her coworkers and family as subjects for her assignments. Eventually she began charging money for her work. In September of 2000, Kathy quit her corporate job and decided to be a full-time photographer, starting her full-time photography business, Kids in Foucs. In 2001, after experiencing some strange symptoms and then getting an X-Ray, Kathy was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, which is a rare cancer affecting the blood plasma cells, and causing an impaired immune system. When I asked Kathy how her diagnosis changed her outlook on life, she noted that it certainly made her more grateful for all of the positive things in her life; 'Everyday I wake up feeling well is like a holiday,' she added.

What makes Kathy so inspiring is how she took something negative, and used it as an opportunity to do something positive. In 2004, she created her first calendar to benefit multiple myeloma research, which raised about $3,000. In 2006, Kathy created her second calendar, which raised about $4,000. Her most recent calendar is for 2008 and is her first calendar printed in color; it raised $1,500. Her most recent calendar raised less money than those in the past due to the higher costs of color printing as opposed to black and white. All of her calendars consist of portraits of dogs. Kathy also contributes to local charities by donating some of her pieces to silent auctions held by schools and churches. On a more individual level, she has spent countless hours talking to others who have been diagnosed with multiple myeloma. Kathy is also active in the Loudoun Arts Council, the Virginia Professional Photographers Association, and the Professional Photographers of America. On a personal note, Kathy says that her greatest accomplishments in life so far have been raising her two children, becoming a grandmother, becoming a good photographer, and marrying her husband, whom she calls 'Mr. Wonderful'.

Kathy's cultural heritage is German, Irish, and Slavic. She speaks English and used to take Spanish in school, but no longer speaks the language. She identifies with the Democratic Party and is a member of a Catholic church outside of the Leesburg area. What Kathy likes best about our local culture is that the historic district of Leesburg is within walking distance from her home, it is a very safe place to live, people here are very friendly, it is a clean city, and there are great restaurants and wineries. The only things she doesn't like are that most shops close early, and that the cheesesteaks and hoagies here don't quite live up to those made in her native Philadelphia.

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