Wishing you all the best! Ms. Wheaton


These are a few of the entries made to the Flintridge Sacred Heart Photography Contest organized by Ms. Wheaton.

Dear Tologs, 

For one of my graduate school classes, I created an Instagram photography contest for Flintridge Sacred Heart faculty, staff and students. To enter the contest, photo submissions needed to feature a California plant or animal. Participants were also asked to write a caption identifying their photography subject, the location and what their picture means to them. 

The contest ran between April 1 and May 1, receiving 39 entries. You can see all of the entries and other pictures here. Over 40 people inside and outside of the Flintridge Sacred Heart Community helped pick winners in May. 

Since we can’t be together on campus, I wanted to share the winners here. There were so many gorgeous photographs and thoughtful captions, and it was challenging to choose winners out of so many wonderful entries. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Lastly, after three years here, I’m leaving FSH for a position at a school in Santa Monica. It meant a lot to me to be able to share this project with you during my last weeks on the Hill. 

Wishing you all the best!

Ms. Wheaton


And the winners are… 


CA Native Plant Category

Winner — “Poppies” by Ava King ‘23

This was an extremely competitive category, but Ava’s entry emerged victorious.


Honorable Mention — “Blanket Flowers” by Eva Lopez ‘23


Introduced/ Invasive Plant Category

Winner — “Snapdragons” by Emily Wong ‘23

This category had the most entries by far. Emily’s picture and thoughtful caption impressed the judges.


Introduced/ Invasive Plant Category

“Wisteria with Teddy Bear Bee” by Ms. Bilotta

This entry successfully showed an interaction between an introduced plant and a native animal. We also loved the vibrant colors.


Introduced/ Invasive Animal 

Winner — “Bee” by Gaby Munguia ‘23

Although there are many native bees, honeybees are actually an introduced species from Europe. We loved Gaby’s appreciation of bees’ ecological role.


CA Native Animal 

Winner — Tie between “Mourning Dove” by Ms. Younglove and “Bobcat” by Ms. McQueen

This entry impressed judges because it’s difficult to get a picture of baby birds.


Ms. McQueen’s “Bobcat” entry won over judges with her heartfelt caption and view of a hard-to-see campus resident.