Lawrence students had a near sweep in a statewide art competition that is connected with Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas.
Seven students from Lawrence high schools won top awards in the competition, which drew 354 entries. For two weeks, their work will be displayed in Topeka at the Memorial Building, 10th and Jackson streets.
The Lawrence students who won include:
• Caroline King, Free State High School, black-and-white photography
• Chandler McElhaney, Lawrence High School, color photography
• Ian Patterson, Free State, digital imagery
• Candice Meiners, Free State, drawing
• Lauren Nus, Free State, mixed media
• Katherine Berger, Free State, painting
• Jim Kittel, Lawrence High School, pastel
The one honor that did not go to a Lawrence student was Best of Show. That award was given to Megan Stressman, a senior at Shawnee Heights High School in Topeka. But Megan has taken classes at the Lawrence Arts Center.
Lawrence resident Grant Glenn organizes the competition in honor of his mother, Dixie Glenn, who taught art at Kansas University’s art education department.
He swears the competition didn’t have a Lawrence bias because names and schools were covered during the judging.
The awards officially will be announced at the Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas’ annual banquet today.