2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

More numerous congratulations are in order!!!  The selection process for the 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards has been completed and, once again, the Topeka West photography department has an incredible showing.  25 photography pieces were submitted and out of those twenty-five 18 pieces were selected and given awards!!!  This year only the pieces that have been awarded either a Silver Key Award or a Gold Key Award will be shown with hundreds of other pieces created by Kansas students at Mark Arts (1307 N. Rock Road) in Wichita from February 2nd through March 11th.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is a national art and writing competition with regional shows held in each state.  If a student has their work selected they are awarded one of three awards:  Honorable Mention, Silver Key Award, or Gold Key Award.  After the regional show has concluded the Gold Key Award pieces are automatically selected to be juried for the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards that will be held in Washington, D.C. over the summer.

Two years ago one of Topeka West's photography students was awarded a Gold Key Award at the national level!!

Please join me in congratulating these students on their amazing accomplishment!  This is a very selective competition showcasing the best of art from high schools in the state of Kansas.  All of our students should be very proud!!!

(Don't forget to click directly on the images to view at a higher resolution!)

 Kiela Griffus, senior          China Set, Gold Key Award

 Maya O'Conner, junior          Kalon, Gold Key Award

 Andrea Pagan, senior          Prosopagnosia, Gold Key Award

 Andrea Pagan, senior          Spectrophobia, Gold Key Award

 Madison Stratman, junior          Ghastly, Gold Key Award

 Madison Stratman, junior          Heterochromia, Gold Key Award

 Jared Freed, senior          El Fuego, Silver Key Award

 Regan Neeley, senior          First Snow, Silver Key Award

 Eli Perez, junior          Atmospheric, Silver Key Award

 Eli Perez, junior          Desolate, Silver Key Award

 Collin Werner, senior          Ke kikowaena, Silver Key Award

 Nick Burgess, junior          Lenny, 2017, Honorable Mention

 Jared Freed, senior          Darth Iglesia, Honorable Mention

 Carlos Lucio, senior          Kayla, 2017, Honorable Mention

 Carlos Lucio, senior          Nouvelle LumiĆ©re, Honorable Mention

 Abram Munoz, senior          Luminosity, Honorable Mention

 Regan Neeley, senior          Rumput Tinggi, Honorable Mention

Taber Schrock, junior          Brunnen, Honorable Mention



[Update] 2018 Kansans...As Talented As You Think! High School Art Competition

The final judging has been completed in the 2018 Kansans...As Talented As You Think! high school art competition.  If you recall from a previous post, Topeka West seniors Elliot Mehrens, Andrea Pagan, and Collin Werner had their images selected as finalists in the competition.

Just the other day I received an email stating that Andrea's image, Anemomenophobia, has been chosen as the winner in the Black and White Photography category!

Andrea Pagan, senior          Anemomenophobia (Black & White Photography category winner)

Andrea will be recognized as the winner of the Black & White Photography category (and awarded a $100 scholarship!) at the Native Sons and Daughters Kansas Day Banquet the evening of January 26th at the Maner Conference Center.

Allow me to extend a huge thank you to Andrea, Elliot, and Collin as well as all of the other students who participated in this competition!!


New Work: Digital Photography 2 & Media Technology

Unbelievably, the end of the fall semester is already here and students are finishing up projects/finals in all of their classes!  The Media Technology and Digital Photography 2 have completed their last critique and (WOW!) what a show it was!!  I was especially impressed with the strong images produced by the Media Technology students....but all of the advanced students are consistently creating some magnificent photography!!

Please enjoy this last gallery of the semester from Media Tech and Digital Photography 2.  But don't despair...more incredible photography will coming during the spring semester!!

 Regan Neeley, senior          Media Technology, Human Nature concentration

 Nick Burgess, junior          Media Technology, Portraits concentration

 Madison Stratman, junior           Media Technology, Black & White concentration

 Abram Munoz, senior          Digital Photography 2, HDR project 

 Elliot Mehrens, senior          Digital Photography 2, Alternative Photographic Process project

 Eli Perez, junior          Media Technology, HDR concentration

 Andrea Pagan, senior          Media Technology, Black & White concentration 

 Gabe Dobler, junior          Digital Photography 2, Alternative Photographic Process project

 Kari Patron, junior          Digital Photography 2, HDR project

 Collin Werner, senior          Media Technology, Architecture concentration

 DayShaun Nino, senior          Digital Photography 2, Low Light project

Carlos Lucio, senior          Media Technology, Portraits concentration


2018 Kansans...As Talented As You Think! High School Art Competition

Please extend a huge congratulations to seniors Elliot Mehrens, Andrea Pagan, and Collin Werner whose photographs were selected as finalists in the 2018 Kansans...As Talented As You Think! high school art competition!

Elliot's image, Color Splash, is a finalist in the Mixed Media category while Andrea's image, Anemomenophobia, and Collin's image, Ke Kikowaena, are finalists in the Black & White Photography category.

One winner from each of the eight categories will be awarded a $100 scholarship and Best of Show, chosen from among all category finalists, will receive a $300 scholarship!

Their photographs (shown below) will be displayed at the Native Son's and Daughter's Kansas Day Banquet on January 26, 2018. 

Congratulations Elliot, Andrea, and Collin!!! 

 Elliot Mehrens, senior          Color Splash (Mixed Media category finalist)

 Andrea Pagan, senior          Anemomenophobia (Black & White Photography category finalist)

Collin Werner, senior          Ke Kikowaena (Black & White Photography category finalist)


New Work: Digital Photography 1

It has been a quick semester with the Digital Photography 1 students.  But, as always, I have been pleasantly surprised with the outpouring of incredible and creative images that they have been producing over the past several weeks!!

Please enjoy this gallery of 30 images created by our wonderful students and, as always, feel free to click on any photograph to view at a higher resolution.  And, if you have them in class, tell them that you viewed their image on the Topeka West Photosynthesis blog!!

 Andrew Cole, junior

 Ashley Blenden, senior

 Lilly Melkus, sophomore

 Hugo Gonzalez, sophomore

 Dakota McLaughlin, junior

 Sadie Cadwell, junior

 Reese Edmonds, sophomore

 Kamiyah Carr, junior

 Kaleb Ayers, senior

 Eli Smith, junior

 Marcus Smith, sophomore

 Brandon Treglio, junior

 Kenton Morris, sophomore

 Hailey Zimmerman, sophomore

 Daitsy Olivas, junior

 Shawn Martin, junior

 Darianna Lolar, sophomore

 Laryn Wilson, senior

 Oscar Zapata, sophomore

 Sydnee Proctor, sophomore

 Tatum Gentry, sophomore

 Aunna Sanchez-Day, junior

 Peyton Link, sophomore

 Caleb Jennings, junior

 Jade Kern, sophomore

 Morgan Kuhn, sophomore 

 Taylor Overstreet, sophomore

 Kaitlyn Shima, sophomore

 Jasmyne Lee, sophomore

Raine Thompson, sophomore