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Student photo contest - 2018

Happy Birthday, Kansas! student photo contest

Your Home and Family - Presented January 29, 2019

Congratulations to the student photographers in the Happy Birthday, Kansas! Photo Contest! We would like to thank our presenters Lieutenant Governor Lynn Rogers, Marearl Denning with the legislative spouses, the state senators and representatives, and the University of Kansas Chamber Singers. Jennie Chinn, Kansas Historical Society executive director, was emcee. We also thank the students who entered 402 photos from 28 Kansas counties!

2018 Happy Birthday, Kansas! Student Photo Contest

Happy Birthday, Kansas! Student Photo Contest winners January 29, 2019

Student winners:

First grade

First grade winners 2018











Addison Maxwell, Larned, Family Wheat Harvest, first place

Family Wheat Harvest









Reed Hedstrom, Cheney, Storms on the Prairie, second place

Storms on the Prairie








Second grade

Second grade winners 2018











Audrey Sosebee, Kansas City, Walking with Great-Grandpa, first place

Elevator at Sunset








Tanner Riley, Galva, Farm Pond, second place

Farm Pond









Third grade

Third grade winners 2018











Katherine Bartel, Wichita, James in the Pasture, first place

James in the Pasture









Faith McMannis, Canton, Working Calves, second place

Working Calves








Fourth grade

Fourth grade winners 2018








Colby Taylor, Alma, Ranching Roots in the Flint Hills in Kansas, first place

Ranching Roots in the Flint Hills in Kansas









Rachael Barnhardt, Lebo, God's Painting, second place

God's Painting









Fifth grade

Fifth grade winners 2018











Emmie Grimm, Morrill, Dreaming of the Future, first place

Dreaming of the Future








Camden Kruse, Galva, Frosty Cattle, second place

Frosty Cattle









Sixth grade

Sixth grade winners 2018











Reese Hedstrom, Cheney, Life as a Farm Kid, first place

Life as a Farm Kid








Violet Franklin, Shawnee, Historic Barn, second place

Historic Barn









Seventh grade

Seventh grade winners 2018











Regan Hedstrom, Cheney, Harvest Time!, first place

Harvest Time!








Teal Franklin, Shawnee, Where It All Started, second place

Where It All Started









Eighth grade

Eighth grade winners 2018








Johanna Walker, Franklin, Memories in Bloom, first place

Memories in Bloom








Elizabeth Singh Dhillon, Saint Marys, Speedy Sister, second place

Speedy Sister











Ninth grade

Ninth grade winners 2018











Ellie Just, Marion, Labor of Love--My Grandpa, first place

Labor of Love--My Grandpa







Lillie Grace Taylor, Independence, Old Type, second place

Old Type











10th grade

10th grade winners 2018








Kendall H. Schoenhals, Haven, Cowboy and a Sunset, first place

Cowboy and a Sunset











Aiden Moore, Canton, Amber Waves of Grass, second place

Amber Waves of Grass









11th grade

11th grade winners 2018








Megan Maltbie, Galva, Sparks in the Dark, first place

Sparks in the Dark









Zabien Marquez, Bucklin, Sister, Sister, second place

Sister, Sister








12th grade

12th grade winners 2018








Betsy Anay Chairez, Wichita, The Family You Choose, first place

The Family You Choose









Whitney Nightingale, Galva, Eagle Strong, second place

Eagle Strong









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2018 contest composite poster - first places

2018 contest composite poster - second places

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Students entries in 2018










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.


Jim Denning, Kansas Senate District 8, and Marearl Denning


AT&T Kansas
Bukaty Companies
Centene Management Company, LLC
Susan Concannon, Kansas House District 107
Reach Out Kansas, Inc.
Smithyman & Zakoura, Chartered


Elaine Bowers, Kansas Senate District 36
Whitney B. Damron, P.A.
Tom Hawk, Kansas Senate District 22
Hein Governmental Consulting, LLC
Ken Selzer, Kansas Insurance Commissioner
John Skubal, Kansas Senate District 11
Richard Wilborn, Kansas Senate District 35


Bud Estes, Kansas Senate District 38
Barbara Ballard, Kansas House District 44

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