Kentridge takes second, Kent-Meridian fourth in Washington State High School Photo Competition

Kentridge High School took second place and Kent-Meridian tied for fourth out of 75 schools at the annual Washington State High School Photo Competition at Inglemoor High School in Kenmore.

Matthew Roland

Matthew Roland

Kentridge High School took second place and Kent-Meridian tied for fourth out of 75 schools at the annual Washington State High School Photo Competition at Inglemoor High School in Kenmore.

Kentridge and Kent-Meridian each had two students who won individual categories. The May 7 contest featured 4,028 entries by 1,804 students.

Christine Baker, of Kentridge, won the People category, black and white photos; Elizabeth Schibig, of Kent-Meridian, took first in Abstract; Matthew Roland, of Kent-Meridian, won in Landscape; and Deanna Nesteruk, of Kentridge, took first in People, color and digital photos.

“As a district, we are thrilled to have two schools take second and fourth places,” wrote Kent-Meridian art teacher Karen Drumheller in an email. “Kent-Meridian students took two first places and a second place, which is really great.”

The first, second and third place finishers in each category will have their photos professionally matted and framed and their work will go on a one-year tour of the state, including exhibits in September at the Tacoma Art Museum and in December at the Seattle Art Museum.

Each first-place winner will receive $100. Six images from the 2011 exhibit will be selected by Jones Soda and featured on a regional run of 250,000 of their soda bottles.

Judges picked 39 final pieces out of 4,028 entries. The judges were Erin Spencer, of Photographic Center Northwest; Mel Curtis, a commercial and fine art photographer; and Davis Freeman, a commercial and fine art photographer.

The students will be honored at an awards ceremony from 7-9 p.m. June 2 at Museum Quality Framing, 428 Westlake Ave. N., in Seattle. The touring exhibit also will be unveiled that night.

A group of high school photography instructors started the state competition in the mid-1980s to elevate student photography. In the 1990s, the event added sponsorships as well as an exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum.

To see the top three photos in each category, go to and click on events and classes tab.


Washington State High School Photography Competition 2011

(Top 6 results of Kent students in each category)

PEOPLE (black & white)

1. Christine Baker – Kentridge

6. Eric Kass – Kentridge


2. Ivan Brichka – Kent Meridian

6. Reese Grein – Kentridge


1. Elizabeth Schibig – Kent Meridian

6. Rebecca Malmassari – Kentwood


3. Marissa Alves – Kentridge

6. Deandre Gilden – Kentridge


5. Gurpreet Dhatt – Kentridge


5. Lauren Beane – Kentridge

LANDSCAPE (color & digital)

1. Mathew Roland – Kent Meridian

PEOPLE (color & digital)

1. Deanna Nesteruk – Kentridge

2. Karen McConnell – Kentridge


(Top 10)

1 – Lakeside (42 points)

2 – Kentridge (28 points)

3 – Bainbridge (23 points)

4 – (tie) Bothell and Kent Meridian (17 points)

6 – University Prep (16 points)

7 – Tacoma School of the Arts (13 points)

8 – Peninsula (11 points)

9 – Stadium (10)

10 – Inglemoor (9 points)

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