Stacey Bender, Bo-Katan Kryze
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Stacey Bender, Bo-Katan Kryze

In this photograph Stacey Bender (BH-6683) portrays Bo-Katan Kryze from the Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series. Stacey holds a graduate degree from USC and works as a school counselor. She is perhaps best known for having developed, designed, and implemented a counseling program that was recently featured in a national journal. Stacy is a strong supporter of her alma mater and is a season ticket holder for USC football. Go Trojans! Some of her favorite television shows include The Walking Dead, True Blood, and Breaking Bad while her favorite film include the GodFather Trilogy, the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Harry Potter films, Transformers films, the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy, Willow, Princess Bride, Red Sonja, Goonies, and Star Wars. Those preferences also tie in with her favorite composers including Hans Zimmer, John Williams, Danny Elfman, James Newton Howard, James Horner, Steve Jablonsky, and Thomas Newman. Stacey is married to her loving husband Michael Bender; they share their lives with a Yorkshire Terrier named Gemini and a Chihuahua named Mikaela. When I asked Stacey about any areas of personal or professional talent, Stacey replied that, according to Michael, she is best at "shopping and laundry." Stacey and her husband Michael are members of the 501st Legion—an organization of Star Wars costume enthusiasts who contribute to local communities through charity and volunteer work. She especially enjoys participating in events benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a charity organization that grants the wishes of children who have life-threatening illnesses.

Location: Pasadena, California.

1/160; f/11.0; ISO 100; 185.0 mm.