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Student photo contest

Happy Birthday, Kansas! student photo contest

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Your Community History 2017

August 1 - December 15, 2017

The Happy Birthday, Kansas! Student Photo Contest was the conceived by Marearl Denning with the legislative spouses. It is sponsored in conjunction with the Kansas Historical Society.


  • First place winners from each grade level will receive iPads
  • Second place entries from each grade level will receive Kindles

Photographs should convey this year's theme, Your Community History. Awards will be presented at the Kansas State Capitol as part of the Kansas Day celebration, Friday, January 26, 2018.

The contest is inspired by L. W. Halbe, a teenager who captured the scenes in Dorrance, Kansas, in 1908. With a small box camera, Halbe took photos of family and friends leaving a remarkable portrait of Kansas, now in the Kansas Historical Society collections, see online at Kansas Memory. Today's students can follow in Halbe's footsteps.


This year's awards for first- and second- place prizes are made possible through donations from these people and organizations. Please help us thank them for their generosity.

Gold: $500

  • AT&T Kansas
  • Representative J. Stephen Alford - Kansas House District 117 - and Peggy Alford
  • Bukaty Companies
  • Centene Management Company, LLC
  • Marearl Denning
  • Kansas Association of Medicaid Health Plans
  • Reach Out Kansas, Inc.
  • Law Firm of Smithyman & Zakoura

Silver: $250

  • Representative John Barker - Kansas House District 70
  • Senator Elaine Bowers - Kansas Senate District 36 - and Charles Bowers
  • Representative Susan Concannon - Kansas House District 107
  • Senator Dan Kerschen - Kansas Senate District 26
  • Representative Greg Lewis - Kansas House District 113 - and Susan Lewis
  • Senator Richard Wilborn - Kansas Senate District 35

Bronze: $200

  • Whitney B. Damron, PA, and Kathy Damron
  • Senator Bud Estes - Kansas Senate District 119
  • Federico Consulting, Inc.
  • Senator Tom Hawk - Kansas Senate District 22 - and Tamara Hawk
  • Ronald and Julie Hein
  • Senator Julia Lynn - Kansas Senate District 9

Making a Difference in Your Kansas Community - 2016 contest

Your Kansas Community - 2015

Discovering Kansas - 2014

Contest beginnings