John Park, right, a sophomore at Myers Park High, won an Emmy for Technical Achievement at the Suncoast Emmys in Hollywood, Fla.
Suncoast is a regional chapter within the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. John was part of a crew that set up and used explosives in July 2012 to sink the 165-foot USS Mohawk – the last remaining ship of the Battle of the Atlantic during World War II – near Sanibel Island, off the coast of southwest Florida. As the official still photographer for the project, he transmitted powerful images via satellite immediately after the sinking. He’s pictured with Dave Sirak, left, producer for the project.
Worldwide media coverage of the sinking brought awareness to the United States’ first veterans memorial reef using a military ship, the USS Mohawk CGC Veterans Memorial Reef Project. The site is expected to become a popular scuba diving destination.
John, who’ll turn 16 on Thursday, also took photos of the planned sinking of the USS Vandenberg in 2009, when he was 11.