20 Under 20 Spotlight: Ash Thye

Last year, Ash Thye graduated from Trinity High School with an IB Diploma. He was a member of the Trinity HS Photo Staff for three years, serving as Head of Staff last year and leading the group to claim the title of Top Photography Program in Texas. Last year, Ash was also the President of his school’s JWAC, leading the organization to earn the spot of 6th most active JWAC. He was also named one of the Council’s 20 Under 20 in 2019. He also received the Council’s Global Gateway Grant, which has enabled him to further pursue a positive impact through advocacy and photojournalism.

Ash is currently a President’s Scholar at Southern Methodist University, where he is studying Human Rights and Journalism with minors in Photography, French, and Environmental Anthropology. At SMU, he is Lead Photo Editor for the Rotunda Yearbook and a photo contributor for the SMU Daily Campus, as well as a researcher for The Period Project, Student Ambassador for the Embrey Human Rights Program, and Vice President of Content for the SMU chapter of Engineers Without Borders.

After getting his college education, Ash intends to pursue a career in documentary photojournalism in order to help share global narratives and contribute to future change. After living that lifestyle, though, he hopes to become an educator, making an impact on young people’s lives in the same way that was done for him in high school and college.

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