First place, Visual Arts
On one of the busiest parkways, in the midst of a Spring drought, despite the lack of soil a sunflower blooms. This tiny beacon of hope represents the enduring spirit of humanity managing to struggle through this recent global pandemic. For me it conjures to mind my graduating family medicine residents. Due to COVID-19 they had to pull extra shifts in the hospital, flip patients in the ICU, and witnessed death on an unprecedented scale. Despite this adversity they continue grow professionally, thrive individually, and show the world their sunny smiling faces.