SCOTT KEELER | Times
Student news photographer Krysta Brayton, 12, a seventh-grader at John Hopkins Middle School in St. Petersburg, photographs Dr. Mara Tekach, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Professional and Cultural Exchanges. Students in the school’s journalism magnet interviewed and photographed Tekach on Nov. 6 during a news conference in class. Their work will be published on the J. Hop Times website and in the J. Hop Times print edition. Tekach oversees professional, cultural, youth and sports exchange programs designed to increase understanding between the United States and other countries in support of U.S. foreign policy initiatives.