Multiple 1st place, Aileen Devlin, Daily Press 1

Zahra Almahdi, left, stands in the background as Mohamad, 9, holds his father’s hand, Abdul-Kareem Almahdi, right, in the living room of their home in Newport News. Originally from Raqqah, Syria, the family spent four years living at a refugee camp in Jordan before being relocated to the United States. Almahdi works the night shift at a pharmaceutical company in Williamsburg and only sees his family for a small portion of the day.

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