Mr. Cockrum receives Eli Lilly Grant; will visit 10 National Parks

Maggie Smith, Staff Reporter

Student publications teacher, Mr. Troy Cockrum, was recently awarded a grant from Eli Lilly allowing him to further his photography skills this summer in a trip out West. Every year Eli Lilly gives out grants to a select few local Indiana teachers through their Creative Teacher grant program. Each teacher is able to receive $12,000 to use to either learn skills or take part in various projects in order to help them further their academic teaching. 

Bishop Chatard teacher Mr. Cockrum is using his grant to travel out west and seek the help of experts in order to learn new ways and techniques of photography. He will be visiting several national parks specifically to focus on his night photography skills and expanding his understanding of how to improve his nighttime photography. To start off his trip he will be flying to San Francisco and renting a camper, which will then set him off on his journey to Yosemite, King’s Canyon, Sequoia, Zion, Bryce Canyon, the Arches, Canyonlands and Yellowstone, among others. This trip through the national parks of the west will last roughly 35 days. In each national park, Cockrum intends to attend a workshop with a professional photographer to learn how to become an overall better photographer. 

Cockrum said, “I am most excited about seeing all these iconic places. It is so hard to pick just one place I am excited about because I have always wanted to go to all of them. I have not been able to go to any of these parks and I am most excited to be able to just visit them and photograph them.”