Photo by Loralee Beard, Magic Moment Photography

Gwinnett is the place
By Loralee Beard, Magic Moment Photography

When we photographed Serenity Douglas, she shone as yet another Gwinnett Country Beauty Queen: 2014 Miss Archer High School of the Junior class.  Then she changed outfits and walked in with an armful of Track and Field medals.



Serenity has competed in competitions all across the nation in places as varied as Kansas, California, Nebraska, Maryland, and Texas. As a junior, she finished third place at 2015 New Balance Nationals in the 400 with an impressive time of 53.83 and also won as the Junior Olympic National Champion in the 400. Serenity is now a member of the Archer Senior Class of 2016 and is –OF Course-- being sought after by several schools to run track.

Touring Discovery High School—don’t miss the upper floor -- should be on the bucket list” for serious Gwinnettians.  The new school is also fielding its first softball team coached by Tabitha Broadnax, Brandon Jackson (also head baseball coach) and Lindsey Brouillard. Team members posed for an image which will adorn the “Read” Posters in the library. The zest and good will of team and coaches can hardly be overstated. And yes, if you do tour that legendary upper floor at DHS, Lindsey Brouillard, first Discovery Teacher of the Year and Assistant Softball Coach is located there.

Grayson Mayor Allison Wilkerson mentored with the best – father and former Grayson Mayor Doug Wilkerson. Mayor Wilkerson is spearheading a new town of Grayson campaign—“Faith Family, Grayson Rams in That Order” to confirm that while Grayson citizens enjoy their fine hometown sporting excellence, they have their priorities in check.

When Lindsey McKnight, graduate of Grayson High School and now working as “Corporate Business Continutity Manager for Corus 360”, married   Travis Mulkey, photographers Meghan Schroder, Meredith Chastain and Taryn Barnett were delighted to capture the event because the couple is adorable and because Lindsey, sisters Caroline and Melanie and Mother Khris are all occasional or regular staff at Magic Moment.  (One of my basic principals of business which I extend to myself is “hire Mother and Daughters so they can get along - or not get along -- more often”.)  The perfect wedding was only enhanced when the rains came and umbrellas became essential.  This reminds me of a new adage I made up. “Rainy Days make great pictures but ruin Sport Schedules”.

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