Hutchinson - The Kansas State Fair NEVER GETS OLD…nor do the numerous educational opportunities at the Kansas State Fair. The Kansas State Fair announced the winners of the Scholastic Press Corps competition at the Annual SPC Awards Banquet, sponsored by Shell Corporation. Three categories were recognized: Collegiate Photography Division, Print/Newsletter Division and the Video Division.
New competitive categories were introduced at the 2013 Fair. The Print Division added Best Print Photo, Best Agriculture Story, and Best Story Promoting the Kansas State Fair's 100th Birthday Celebration. The Video Division added, Best Agriculture Story and Best Story Promoting the Kansas State Fair's 100th Birthday Celebration.
The Scholastic Press Corps program was developed as a program to engage high school journalism and video classes and collegiate photographers at the Kansas State Fair.
Miranda Clark, representing McPherson College won the Photography People's Choice Award. Thirteen college students, representing five Kansas colleges, posted photos in the Kansas State Fair website photo gallery. On-line votes were cast for the winning photo People's Choice photo.
Best Agricultural Photo was presented to Fabiola Sierra, Garden City Community College and the Best Agricultural Photo Series was awarded to Rachel Stacey from Hutchinson Community College. These photos will represent the Kansas State Fair, for competition, at the International Association of Fairs and Expositions Annual Convention.
First time participants from Blue Valley Southwest High School were awarded Grand Champion for their video entry. Reserve Champion was presented to Mill Valley High School and third place was presented to Blue Valley West. Representing Blue Valley Southwest High School were: Cassie Johnson, Hayley Cape, Dakota Lebofsky, Jillian Lewis, Ethan Carney and instructor Steve Cortez. Mill Valley High School was represented by Davis Cantwell, Jacob Patterson, Savannah Rudicel, Ty Smith, Maridee Weber and instructor Cindy Swartz. Third place Blue Valley West was represented by Sydney Lowe, Micaela O'Bryan, Taylor Skram, Karl Rieckman and instructor Todd Kurimsky. Each team produced a four minute video comprised of pre-assigned agricultural stories and Kansas State Fair birthday celebration related stories. The competition, which included filming and editing, took place at the Kansas State Fairgrounds during the Kansas State Fair.
Best Announcer was awarded to Scott Olney of Winfield High School. Veronica Nash of Wichita North took home honors for Best Agriculture Story and Winfield High School was recognized for Best Video story promoting the Kansas State Fair's 100th Birthday Celebration.
Hoisington High School competitors received Grand Champion status with their print/newsletter entry while Canton-Galva High School took second. Third place honors went to Wabaunsee High School. Representing Hoisington High School were: Abi Rziha, Ashley Lockwood, Melissa Pata, Tana Hickel and instructor Carrie Feist. Canton-Galva was represented by Lauren Ballantyne, Betsy Shobe, Keana Haydon, Ethan Dailey, Emily Ballantyne and instructor Jessica Bowman. Wabaunsee High print competitors included Emily Anderson, Lexi Diepenbrock, Derek Kilian, Shelby Savage, Rachel Smith and instructor Brendan Praeger. Each school was required to produce a 4-page newsletter focusing on their day at the Fair. Each school was provided agriculture-related and Kansas State Fair's 100th Birthday Celebration assignments. All other content was determined by the students.
The awards continued as Ally Burr of Ark City High School took top honors for Best Print Division Photo. Best Agriculture Story was awarded to Wabaunsee High School and Rose Hill High School took home the hardware for Best Story Promoting the Kansas State Fair's 100th Birthday Celebration.
Shell Company partnered with the Kansas State Fair's Scholastic Press Corp program providing increased premiums and awards for the Best Print Energy and Best Video Energy story. Schools who selected to include an Energy related story in their entries qualified to be judged for the Shell Company Award which included a certificate and $500 premium. Competitors were encouraged to research Kansas energy by pre and on-site interviews with energy officials. Winning the prestigious awards were: Rose Hill High School for their print entry and Blue Valley Southwest for their video.
Janet Hallford, Scholastic Press Corps Coordinator, said, "The SPC program is recognized throughout our state as the premier hands-on educational activity for our Kansas journalism students. We continue to challenge the participants and provide a real-time, real-life experience. We appreciate the schools that recognize this opportunity and make the effort to participate."
The Kansas' Largest Classroom provides educational opportunities at the Fair to students of all ages. Winning entries can be viewed at http://kansasstatefair.com/pagedescription.php?id=1268&pages=sf