Growing up on a small farm in Bagdad, Jessica Tennill was surrounded by some of the most beautiful plots of earth in the state and possibly the nation.
Now in her work as an architect, her passion is to design houses that incorporate and help preserve the earth she loves.
Tennill, 23, said using earth-friendly materials and energy sources gives greater meaning to the designs she creates.
"I've been into this sort of thing for a long time," she said. "It brings a whole another layer to the design."