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May 4, 2021 / News / Photography

Announcing Walsworth’s 2021 Photo Contest Winners

Written by Aimee Parsons

In a year where everything changed, one thing remained the same; Walsworth Yearbooks once again received thousands of impressive entries for this year’s Photo Contest! With so many unique, new photos coming in, judging them was no easy feat. Luckily, our expert judges were up to the task and we were able to narrow it down to the best of the best.

The top prize winner in each of the eight categories will receive a $150 Visa® gift card and a prize certificate. Honorable Mention winners in each category will also receive a prize certificate.

Here are the top prize winners of 2021:

  • Academics – Caden Rainwater, Texas High School
  • Feature or Portrait – Lacey Mamros, Kiski Area High School
  • Junior High or Middle School – Elyse Dugger, Ramay Junior High School
  • Life During the Pandemic – Peyton Sims, Texas High School
  • Performing Arts – Taelyn Corkill, Highland High School
  • School and Community Involvement – Peyton Sims, Texas High School
  • Sports Action and Reaction – Ava Speropoulous, Blue Valley West High School
  • Yearbook Life – Alex Porter, Richland R-1 School

The honorable mention winners include the following:

Academics

  • Sydney Herpich, Shawnee Mission East High School
  • Ellison Gracik, Blue Valley Northwest High School
  • Kammi Strealy, Northwest High School
  • Sami Gitlin, Gulliver Preparatory School
  • Trevor Minnich, Lyman High School
  • Abel Rogers, Willis High School
  • Lilly Blue, Willis High School
  • Sophia Allen, Notre Dame de Sion High School
  • Jocelyn Johnson, City View Junior/Senior High School
  • Rabbi Kapeta, Kirksville High School

Feature or Portrait

  • Delaney Zack, Lincoln-Way West High School
  • Amara Shanks, Legacy High School
  • Maija Miller, Legacy High School
  • Abigail Wornock, Harding Academy
  • Sarah Thomas, Athens Drive High School
  • Ashtyn Carlson, Corsicana High School
  • Alesia Eaton, Richland R-1 School
  • Samantha Mendoza, Corsicana High School
  • Cassie Bess, Richland R-1 School
  • Justin Hein, Fairview High School

Junior High or Middle School

  • Emily Parker, One School of the Arts
  • Sarah Miller, Aledo Middle School
  • Aaliyah Rice, Timberview Middle School
  • Cassandra Sexton, Ramay Junior High School
  • Ryenne France, Woodland Spring Middle School
  • Ruby Templeton, Woodland Junior High School
  • Melina Furlan, St. Bonaventure Catholic School
  • Genevieve Garton, Woodland Junior High School
  • Jalen Rodgers, Richland R-1 School
  • Katherine Severin, One School of the Arts

Life During the Pandemic

  • Sydney Herpich, Shawnee Mission East High School
  • Grace Albright, Smithville High School
  • Delaney Zack, Lincoln-Way West High School
  • Ziyu Zhu, Fryeburg Academy
  • Jacob Weaver, Southside High School
  • Trevor Minnich, Lyman High School
  • Alex Porter, Richland R-1 School
  • Yitong Liu, Corsicana High School
  • Ilissa Flores, Corsicana High School
  • Elizabeth Wood, Eastern Illinois University

Performing Arts

  • Izabel Diaz, Lincoln Southwest High School (two entries)
  • Claire  Hamilton, Liberty High School
  • Caden Rainwater, Texas High School
  • Taelyn Corkill, Highland High School (two entries)
  • Lacey Hayes, Marcus High School
  • Maddie Branch, Corsicana High School
  • Madi Poston, Aledo High School
  • Kate Squires, Shawnee Mission East High School

School and Community Involvement

  • Grace Albright, Smithville High School
  • Peyton Sims, Texas High School
  • EmmaGrace Kuhl, Texas High School
  • David Dablo, El Camino Real Charter High School
  • Abby Elliott, Texas High School
  • Devin Duffie, Richland R-1 School
  • Jeffrey Zimmerly, Millard North High School (two entries)
  • David Krupala, La Grange High School
  • Boushra Raache, Southside High School

Sports Action and Reaction

  • Peyton Sims, Texas High School (two entries)
  • Santanna Groeller, Wiregrass Ranch High School
  • Devin Duffie, Richland R-1 School
  • Abby Elliott, Texas High School
  • Madelyn Cramp, Kirtland High School
  • Kathleen Nguyen, East Jackson Comprehensive High School
  • Justin Hein, Fairview High School
  • Aric Shah, Westlake High School
  • Jeffrey Zimmerly, Millard North High School

Yearbook Life

  • Briley Kemper, Harding Academy
  • Grace Albright, Smithville High School
  • Laura Benteman, Blue Valley Northwest High School
  • Maddox Quinlin, Okeechobee High School (two entries)
  • Trista Truong, Southside High School
  • Victor Nieto, Anna High school
  • Ella Snyder, Lyman High School
  • Madison Koesler, Lyman High School
  • Will Paustian, Clements High School

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 this week in our 2021 Photo Contest gallery and on the Walsworth Yearbooks Facebook page.

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Aimee Parsons

Aimee Parsons is the Campaigns and Promotions Supervisor at Walsworth and a contributing writer to the Yearbooks Blog. She previously worked as a Senior Marketing Specialist for Walsworth, and an Account Manager for ClassScene, Walsworth’s online solution for photo and video sharing. Prior to joining Walsworth, Parsons was a corporate photographer for Burns and McDonnell Engineering. She owns and operates her own freelance photography business and studied commercial photography at Northern Arizona University.