U.S. Army SAY Leadership Meeting in Atlanta

U.S. Army SAY Leadership Meeting in Atlanta

SAY what?

I had the privilege of photographing the Strengthening America’s Youth (SAY) leadership meeting in Atlanta for Weber Shandwick Public Relations and Communications.

One of SAY’s initiatives is Project Partnership for All Students’ Success (PASS), which offers elective Junior Leadership Corps (JLC) courses, after-school activities and a JROTC program to develop character and leadership with the goal of keeping students in school and improving their chances for a successful life. Project PASS was established through a partnership between the U.S. Army and National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE), which represents America’s state and territorial boards of education.

In addition to networking and brainstorming, the attendees visited Norcross High School, where they had an opportunity to observe first hand the singular objective of PASS; changed lives. JROTC students shared how just a couple of months of participation in PASS changed their attitude, actions and attention to excellence both in the classroom and at home.

One cynical concern I had about the Army’s involvement was adamantly answered by Lt. Gen. Benjamin Freakley:  “PASS is not a recruiting tool.”

After being with him and Brenda Welburn, Executive Director, NASBE, I believe him. PASS and SAY, its advisory board, are doing a great job.

Of our past three events in this last year, Carroll was the best photographer we used. The photos have great color, composition and he easily captured the expression and essences of our students and meeting attendees – even with low light environments and continued movement. He took so many great shots that it was difficult to narrow down to our top picks. Absolutely excellent and would highly recommend him for any event.”
Helen Tso – Weber Shandwick


  1. 985 Nikon D3s images captured, 580 delivered, none below 1,ooo ISO
  2. Group photo captured with (2) Nikon SB-800s (tungsten balanced) and shoot-through umbrellas plus one background light, all triggered by RadioPoppers
  3. Processed in Lightroom 3.3

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