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Student photo contest - 2015

Congratulations to the 24 Happy Birthday, Kansas! contest winners announced on Kansas Day, January 29, 2016! We also would like to thank Governor Sam Brownback, Marearl Denning, state senators and representatives, the University of Kansas Chamber Singers, and those who attended the event. We thank the 204 students who entered the contest!

Student winners:

First grade

First place: Asher Cook, Kansas Wildflowers, Olathe

First grade winner Asher Cook with Governor Sam Brownback and Marearl Denning

Kansas Wildflowers by Asher Cook

Second place: Michaela Ferguson, Cheney Lake in the Winter, Cheney

First grade winner Michaela Ferguson with Governor Sam Brownback and Marearl Denning

Cheney Lake in the Winter by Michaela Ferguson

Second grade

First place: Morgan Nabus, Harvest Time, Junction City
Second place: Spencer Wilson, Long Dirt Road, South Hutchinson

Second grade winners Spencer Wilson and Morgan Nabus with Governor Sam Brownback and Marearl Denning

Harvest Time by Morgan Nabus

Long Dirt Road by Spencer Wilson

Third grade

First place: Reese Hedstrom, Football and Heroes, Cheney
Second place: Kyle Miller, Discovering Kansas Fall, Derby

Third grade winners Kyle Miller and Reese Hedstrom with Governor Sam Brownback and Marearl Denning

Football and Heroes by Reese Hedstrom

Discovering Kansas Fall by Kyle Miller

Fourth grade

First place: Tara Stallbaumer, The Oregon Trail, Rossville
Second place: Abraham Hilbert, Pool Frog, Seneca

Fourth grade winner Tara Stallbaumer, Abraham Hilbert not pictured, with Governor Sam Brownback, Senator Laura Kelly, and Marearl Denning

The Oregon Trail by Tara Stallbaumer

Pool Frog by Abraham Hilbert

Fifth grade

First place: Logan Nabus, Conversation in the Woods, Junction City
Second place: Johanna Walker, Tricycle, Franklin

Fifth grade winners Johanna Walker and Logan Nabus with Governor Sam Brownback and Marearl Denning

Conversation in the Woods by Logan Nabus

Tricycle by Johanna Walker

Sixth grade

First place: Jada Nabus, Making Friends Before Practice, Junction City
Second place: Maurice Hilbert, A Walk in the Woods, Seneca

Sixth grade winner Jada Nabus, Maurice Hilbert not pictured, with Govoernor Sam Brownback and Marearl Denning

Making Friends Before Practice by Jada Nabus

A Walk in the Woods by Maurice Hilbert

Seventh grade

First place: Paige Schroeder, Evening Hoops and Dreams, Derby
Second place: Kiara Knox, Flags and Horses, Clyde

Seventh grade winners Paige Schroeder and Kiara Knox with Governor Sam Brownback and Marearl Denning

Evening Hoops and Dreams by Paige Schroeder

Flags and Horses

Eighth grade

First place: Katie Brady, Dreamy Day, Wakefield
Second place: Rylee Boyd, I Walk a Lonely Road, Berryton

Eighth grade winners Samantha Wilson and Michaela Falley with Representative Ken Corbet, Representative Susie Swanson, Governor Sam Brownback, and Marearl Denning

Dreamy Day by Katie Brady

I Walk a Lonely Road by Rylee Boyd

Ninth grade

First place: Samantha Wilson, Country Speed Limit Sign, Holton
Second place: Michaela Falley, One Room School House, Topeka

Ninth grade winners Samantha Wilson and Michaela Falley with Senator Laura Kelly, Representative Fred Patton, Governor Sam Brownback, and Marearl Denning

Country Speed Limit Sign

One Room Schoolhouse by Janene Falley

10th grade

First place: Gracie Rolls, Evening Happiness, Columbus
Second place: Kaliana Osborne, Sun Shining Through, Concordia

10th grade winners Kaliana Osborne and Gracie Rolls with Governor Sam Brownback and Marearl Denning

Evening Happiness by Gracie Rolls

Sun Shining Through

11th grade

First place: Cameron Birney, Giddyup, Bucklin
Second place: Ashleigh Carrillo, Friday Night Victory, Kingsdown

11th grade winners Cameron Birney and Ashleigh Carrillo with Governor Sam Brownback and Marearl Denning

Giddyup by Cameron Birney

Friday Night Victory by Ashleigh Carrillo

12th grade

First place: Sydney Myers, Connecting on a Personal Level, Topeka
Second place: Briana Yokum, Flowers, Humboldt

12th grade winners Sydney Myers, Briana Yokum, with Representative Ken Corbet, Governor Sam Brownback, and Marearl Denning

Connecting on a Personal Level by Sydney Myers

Flowers by Briana Yokum

Thank you note from Asher Cook:

Thank you note from Asher Cook

Thank you note from Jada and Logan Nabus:

Thank you note from Jada and Logan Nabus

2015 contest entries