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Happy Birthday, Kansas! photo contest winners receive prizes at Kansas State Capitol
COURTESY PHOTO Pictured is Larned first-grader Addison Maxwell with her winning picture of the John Deere combine/tractor and grain cart in the wheat field. Maxwell is the daughter of Dr. Christina Frick and Brent Maxwell of Larned.

TOPEKA — Larned first-grader Addison Maxwell is a winner of the Happy Birthday, Kansas! Student Photo Contest. Winners received prizes on Tuesday, Jan. 29, the 158th celebration of Kansas’s birthday at the Kansas State Capitol.

Lieutenant Governor Lynn Rogers congratulated students along with Marearl Denning, representing the legislative spouses, and presented to students from first through 12th grades an iPad for first place and a Kindle for second place. The contest, now in its fifth year, is presented in conjunction with the Kansas Historical Society.

The statewide contest invited students to shoot photographs based on the theme “Your Home and Family” throughout the state in 2018. Photographs from the 24 winners will be on display in the Capitol visitor center through February 8, and online at

These are the winners in the 2018 photo contest:

First grade: Addison Maxwell, “Family Wheat Harvest,” first place, Larned; Reed Hedstrom, “Storms on the Prairie,” second place, Cheney

Second grade: Audrey Sosebee, “Walking with Great-Grandpa,” first place, Kansas City; Tanner Riley, “Farm Pond,” second place, Galva

Third grade: Katherine Bartel, “James in the Pasture,” first place, Wichita; Faith McMannis, “Working Calves,” second place, Canton

Fourth grade: Colby Taylor, “Ranching Roots in the Flint Hills in Kansas,” first place, Alma; Rachael Barnhardt, “God’s Painting,” second place, Lebo

Fifth grade: Emmie Grimm, “Dreaming of the Future,” first place, Morrill; Camden Kruse, “Frosty Cattle,” second place, Galva

Sixth grade: Reese Hedstrom, “Life as a Farm Kid,” first place, Cheney; Violet Franklin, “Historic Barn,” second place, Shawnee

Seventh grade: Regan Hedstrom, “Harvest Time!” first place, Cheney; Teal Franklin, “Where It All Started,” second place, Shawnee

Eighth grade: Johanna Walker, “Memories in Bloom,” first place, Franklin; Elizabeth Singh Dhillon, “Speedy Sister,” second place, Saint Marys

Ninth grade: Ellie Just, “Labor of Love — My Grandpa,” first place, Marion; Lillie Grace Taylor, “Old Type,” second place, Independence

10th grade: Kendall H. Schoenhals, “Cowboy and a Sunset,” first place, Haven; Aiden Moore, “Amber Waves of Grass,” second place, Canton

11th grade: Megan Maltbie, “Sparks in the Dark,” first place, Galva; Zabien Marquez, “Sister, Sister,” second place, Bucklin

12th grade: Betsy Anay Chairez, “The Family You Choose,” first place, Wichita; Whitney Nightingale, “Eagle Strong,” second place, Galva