Andrea Gamboa, a 19-year-old nursing student at FGCU, has dreams of becoming a rural nurse. When she was just three-years-old Gamboa moved to the states with her parents from Argentina. She is undocumented but through DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), an immigration policy started by the Obama administration allowing undocumented immigrant minors to receive renewable two-year periods of deferred action from deportation. Through this piece of legislation she is able to receive a driver's license, social security number, and the hope that one day she can gain permanent citizenship.
Post office clerk Shannon Mitchell inside the Ochopee Post Office, known as the smallest in the United States, Thursday, June 2, 2016 in Ochopee, Fla. In October of 1998 Shannon, a native of Everglades City, Fla., passed her postal exam and started working as a mail carrier at Marco Island, just a short drive from her home town. Fast forward nearly 20 years and she is still hard at work. "I love it here," she said. "We're lucky to still be here." The tool shed turned post office serves the area's 900 residents spanning three different counties, including the Miccosukee Indian Tribe.
Thomas Scangarello, a landscape architect and zoning expert by trade, outside his home Wednesday, September 21, 2016 in Naples, Fla. Sangarello has transformed the land surrounding his property into a simple but relaxing escape. The backyard patio and gardens expand the livable space of his home allowing him to entertain guests in a non-cramped setting.
Dr. Julia Roberts, Executive Director of the Center for Gifted Studies and the Gatton Academy on WKU's campus, poses for a portrait Friday August 29, 2014 in the early morning. The Gatton Academy, nationally recognized two years in a row as the top high school in the nation by the award-winning online news source The Daily Beast was just given the same award for a third straight year on August 27, 2014. "It's almost unthinkable to think we did it three years in a row," Dr. Roberts said. "It truly is an honor." Dr. Roberts was an advocate for the Academy nearly 10 years before it's construction. "I love the various opportunities we give the students," Dr. Roberts said.
Army veteran and Naples resident Jose A. Santos-Rolon holds up a picture frame with two photos of his younger days in the service at his home in Golden Gate Estates Friday, April 8, 2016. Santos-Rolon will receive the highest civilian honor the United States Congress can award, the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor, for his service in the Korean War with the 65th Infantry Regiment based out of Puerto Rico. Santos-Rolon, along with his wife, Carmen, and the remaining members of his regiment, will travel to Washington D.C. to receive the Medal of Honor April 13, 2016.
Randee Osceola, 19, a recent graduate of Immokalee High School, was crowned Miss Florida Seminole three months ago. The distinguished role has been a whirlwind ever since and has allowed her to experience other cultures and tribes throughout the country. "I love to travel," Osceola said. "I'm enjoying it but I wish it would slow down." She will travel to Oklahoma in December and New Mexico in April to attend the Miss Indian World pageant. She is seen here during the American Indian Arts Celebration at the Big Cypress Indian Reservation Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 in Clewiston, Fla.
Well-known jazz and blues singer and Lincoln native Annette Murrell stands for a portrait shortly after performing at the Prairie Jazz Festival Saturday August 29, 2015 at Pioneer Park Nature Center outside of Lincoln, Nebraska. All proceeds gathered are to be donated to the Pioneer Park Nature Center to preserve and bring awareness to wilderness habitats across Nebraska and the nation.
Burmese refugee Ahsama Fahtima. Fall 2015.
Grand Forks native Mike Dorsher, 68, is seen pictured inside his apartment at Saint Anne's Guest Home in Grand Forks. After suffering a stroke and heart attack Mike moved into Saint Anne's in 1999 so that he would have adequate care and easy access to emergency services. 15 years later Mike is feeling much better and has been looking for a new place to live. Despite enjoying his time at Saint Anne's Mike wishes to become more independent and applied for disability housing in Grand Fork, North Dakota's tight market nearly three years ago but is still waiting. Grand Forks housing authority states that people with disabilities make up a large majority of their clients and that more and more are added each day.
Bathed in the colors of the pansexual flag (purple, yellow, and blue) Jared Adams, 20, has been open about his sexuality since he was a freshman in college. A creative writing and journalism double major at WKU Jared's goal is to get published and then to travel overseas documenting LGBT rights across the globe. "My dream is to travel to Russia someday," he said. An outspoken pansexual, Jared does not discriminate sexually between genders or body types. "I feel like I was born this way," Jared said. "I believe that attraction can and should transcend the physical."
After a storied and highly successful career as a violinist and concert master Max Rabinovitsj finds himself in Naples leading the Naples Orchestra and Chorus as its' Artistic Director. Seen here in his Naples' home Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016.
Pulitzer prize winning author David McCullough made a special guest appearance at the Naples Jazz Society's 21st annual celebration Saturday, March 11, 2017 in Naples.
Sunny Reuter has been around pianos as long as she can remember, and her father was the premiere tuner around Naples, Fla. But she sells very unusual pianos, such as the Fazioli, and a bricks and mortar store in this area doesn't make sense for her. So she has closed the doors and gone to the internet.
Nebraska State Senator Al Davis outside his home in Hyannis, Nebraska November, 3, 2015.
Former Naples mayor John Sorey stands for a portrait at the Naples Players at Sugden Community Theatre Friday, Dec. 16, 2016 in Naples. Sorey currently serves as the Executive Director at the largest theatre in Naples.
Dayan Solar, an employee of the Greater Naples YMCA and avid tennis and pickleball player, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 in Naples. Although he is wheelchair-bound Solar, who is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, has a chance to play pickleball competitively through the newly created Adaptive Sports Program at the Greater Naples YMCA.
Hopkinsville, Ky. native and WKU junior Maurice Dunn II, 21, has been playing the trumpet since he was in sixth grade. "Growing up everywhere I went I would constantly be playing," Maurice said. "I got to be pretty good." A member of the WKU marching band during his freshman and sophomore year of college he has since laid down the trumpet to pursue other interests such as his major, Advertising. "Trumpet was always something I did because I was pretty good at it," Maurice said. "Not because it was a passion."
John Davis started Love Thy Neighbor, a small private charitable foundation, in 2007 with the simple goal to help people who needed a hand up. The foundation, led by Davis and his immediate family, is seeking applicants that are in need of aid after Hurricane Irma. Davis is seen here at his office, Davis & Associates CPA's, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 in Bonita Springs, Fla.