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BAILEY — Photographs taken by a local teacher have been selected for display in an international gallery.

Melissa Denton, a Wilson resident, is an English teacher at Southern Nash High School. The Arts and Humanities Jury of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International selected two photos Denton took on a summer trip to Europe with students. The photos show gondoliers in Italy and remnants of a concentration camp in Germany.

The society selected Denton’s photos “2.5 Miles of Black and White Stripes” and “If Barbed Wire Could Talk” to be part of the 2019 DKG Gallery of Fine Arts. The photos are on display in the gallery for six months and will be archived after that.

Denton grew up in Spring Hope and graduated as a Firebird in 1998. After graduating from Mount Olive College, Denton worked as a sports editor with Cox Enterprises and began her career in education at Southern Nash High School in 2006. She was inducted into the society’s Beta Theta chapter in October 2013.

Denton said she started dabbling in photography during high school. She worked with Dale Williams Photography in Spring Hope and also at Jim’s Camera Shop at Brentwood Shopping Center in Wilson, along with taking photography classes under Marcia Aycock at Southern Nash and classes at Mount Olive College.

Denton said the photos were captured while touring Europe with Southern Nash students, parents and faculty. The group visited Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and France.

In the photo “2.5 Miles of Black and White Stripes,” a gondolier navigates the Grand Canal of Venice. With each stroke, he propels visitors to scenic views. The photo was taken in Venice, Italy.

The photo “If Barbed Wire Could Talk,” reminds viewers of the Holocaust. Taken at Dachau Concentration Camp, the photo shows white, fluffy clouds above and trees on the ground, but the barbed wire remains as a reminder of the tragedy that continues to haunt generations. The photo was taken at Dachau, Germany, in the summer.

The DKG Gallery of Fine Arts is an online gallery of works of art and letters at www.dkg.org.

DKG is a professional honor society for female educators with more than 69,000 members. Established in 17 member countries around the world, the society defines its mission as promoting professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education, according to information from the organization.

The society, headquartered in Texas, was founded in 1929.

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