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May 1, 2018 / News / Photography / Photos

And the winners of Walsworth’s 2018 Photo Contest are…

Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE

It was another successful year for Walsworth’s annual Photo Contest, with the 2018 Contest attracting nearly 4,000 outstanding entries from across the country.

Thank you to all the talented yearbook photographers who took the time to enter. Here are the winners and Honorable Mentions in each category. The top prize winners will receive a $100 Visa gift card. All winners and honorable mentions will receive a prize certificate.

  • Academics – Allison McMurry, Bishop Kelley High School, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Clubs/Organizations – Elizabeth Sandstrom, Shawnee Mission East High School, Prairie Village, Kansas
  • Feature/Portrait – Willow Dodgson, North High School, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
  • Junior High/Middle School – Kaylee Braaten, Schoo Middle School, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Photo Illustration – Kristi Ho, Everett High School, Everett, Massachusetts
  • School Spirit – Venus Gutierrez, Shawnee Mission East High School, Prairie Village, Kansas
  • Sports Action – Ethan Wood, Harding Academy, Searcy, Arkansas
  • Sports Reaction – Zane Hudson, Legacy High School, Mansfield, Texas
  • Student Life – Caleb Siow, Monta Vista High School, Cupertitno, California
  • Yearbook Life – Karina Ulloa, Orange Glen High School, Escondido, California


Winners were selected by a committee of judges based on the basic rules of photography, overall quality and creativity/originality. All the winning photos can be seen at the Walsworth Yearbooks Facebook page.

The honorable mention winners include the following:


  • Megan Saucedo – Stony Point High School
  • Venus Gutierrez – Shawnee Mission East High School
  • Noah Finer – Fairview High School
  • Hannah Ilao – El Camino Real Charter High School
  • Elizabeth Sandstrom – Shawnee Mission East High School


  • Cierra Stark – University High School
  • Emma Jones – Shawnee Mission North High School
  • Venus Gutierrez – Shawnee Mission East High School
  • Abbe Smith – Corsicana High School
  • Kaylee Ricchetti – Madison Central High School


  • Auryeal Parker – Texas High School
  • Allysa Koenning – Yelm High School
  • Kirat Mokha (2) – Brookfield Central High School
  • Zian Cao – Worcester Academy

Junior High/Middle School

  • Kayle Hardy – West Junior High School
  • Annette Hrabik (3) – Heritage Academy Laveen
  • Audrey Barnes – Harrisonville Middle School

Photo Illustration

  • Jacob Franz – Western High School
  • Anahi Martinez – Orange Glen High School
  • Ari Phillips – Yelm High School
  • Maddie Benbenek – La Grange High School
  • Kristi Ho – Everett High School

School Spirit

  • Isabel Miller – Shawnee Mission East High School
  • Alyssa Vuillemin – Shawnee Mission East High School
  • Jacqueline Rodriguez-Lopez – South El Monte High School
  • Willow Dodgson – North High School
  • Emily Harms – Madison Central High School

Sports Action

  • Sami Brown – Legacy High School
  • Taylor Fort – Shawnee Mission East High School
  • Racheal Sizemore – Texas High School
  • Kaitlyn Gordon – Texas High School
  • Angela Valle – Texas High School

Sports Reaction

  • Ellen Brutsche – Legacy High School
  • Caily Moore – Harding Academy
  • Rudee Valenciana – Burges High School
  • Michael Provenghi (2) – Burges High School

Student Life

  • Venus Gutierrez – Shawnee Mission East High School
  • Alyssa Vuillemin – Shawnee Mission East High School
  • Elise Baker – Shawnee Mission East High School
  • Angela Valle – Texas High School
  • Ali Fowlee – Missouri Western State University

Yearbook Life

  • Jillian Cude – James Martin High School
  • Jessica Meyers – Maranatha Christian Academy
  • Emily Edwards – University High School
  • Margarita Lopez – Siloam Springs High School
  • Camille Taylor – University High School

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Evan Blackwell, CJE

Evan Blackwell, CJE, is the Marketing Automation Supervisor for Walsworth. He's been a writer, editor and web content specialist for Walsworth for the past 15+ years, and is the author of the Yearbook Suite's "The Art of the Interview" unit. Prior to joining Walsworth, Blackwell spent five years as an award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.