Coral Gables High senior Azalia Landablanco spent much of her junior year exploring Vizcaya Museum and Gardens for an internship. The research she did was to create an I-Book based about the historic structure and the gardens for Miami-Dade County Parks and Recreation.
The I-Book could be used by visitors to tour Vizcaya.
“You put on the headphone and follow the map,” Landablanco said.
While working on the I-Book, she and the other students from both Coral Gables and MAST Academy, met with the Vizcaya archivist to get pictures of the interior of the building and historic facts.
“Vizcaya has rules that tourists can’t take pictures,” she said. “They provided us with the pictures they had. We discovered new information. We went into the deepest part of Vizcaya.”
Taking pictures of the garden helped Landablanco explore the far reaches of the property.
“I enjoyed the experience of taking pictures. I was discovering Vizcaya as I did the internship,” she said. “I was the only photographer who explored the gardens.”
She not only enjoyed photographing the gardens but also meeting all the other students who took part on the project.
“Some of the people involved from my school I never met before,” Landablanco said.
At school, Landablanco is a Diamond Girl, which is a support group for the baseball team. The Diamond Girls do fundraisers for the team to help with uniforms or other equipment needs. She also is in Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA).
Now that college acceptance letters are coming fast and furious, Landablanco is deciding on which college to attend. She’s had scholarship offers but she’s attending college closer to home to study nursing.
“At the beginning I thought I wanted to go away from Miami,” she said. “Now that I’ve been more informed of what college is and the expenses, I’m completeng the possibility of living at home and going to FIU.”
— Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld