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Olive Ann Beech
"Kansas Factual Story" Essay Contest

The Kansas Factual Story Contest encourages the preservation in writing of factual, unpublished anecdotes and happenings in the lives of Kansans. The winners receive a $500 cash award provided by Mary Lynn Oliver of Wichita.

Mamie Boyd "Kansas! Say It Above A Whisper"  Essay Contest

The late Mamie Boyd of Mankato and Phillipsburg was an early day newspaper woman who coined the phrase "Kansas! Say it Above a Whisper".  In 1976, Mrs. Boyd's family chose to honor her by initiating an annual essay contest for Kansas Students, grade 8 through 12.

The "Kansans...
As Talented As
You Think!"

The "Kansans ... As Talented As You Think!" competition is a juried competition in which jurors will select works based on their talent and artistic ability. One winner from each category will be awarded a $100 scholarship ($200 Freedom category) and the Best of Show, chosen from among all of the categories will receive a $300 scholarship. Kansas Native Sons and Daughters will host an awards ceremony at their annual Kansas Day Banquet and will exhibit selected pieces of art from the contest and include information about each of the artists whose works are chosen.

Congratulations to the 2018 Scholarship Winners

Kansans, As Talented As You Think! Art Winners

Black and White Photography - Issais Scott, Wichita High School East."Stay With Me" Instructor:Shelly Salley

Color Photography - Fleetwood Walker, Wichita East High School. "Foolish Art" Instructor: Shelly Salley

Drawing - Abigail Jefferis, Uniontown High School. "Something to Crow About" Instructor: Chris Woods

Mixed Media - Abby Brown, Lawrence High School. "Self Love Found In Nature." Instructor: Angelia Perkins

Painting - Miriam Leal, Wichita East High School. "Tower" Instructor: Shelly Salley

Pastel - Rhoey Cruz, Marysville Sr High School. "Heinz estd. 1869" Instructor: April Spicer

Portrait - Jenny Huynh, Wichita East High School. "Nutter Butter" Instructor: Shelly Salley

Olive Ann Beech "Kansas Factual Story" Essay Winners

First Place - "Night Sledding" by Adrian Zink, Overland Park, KS

Second Place - "Along Indian Bluff, December 23, 1985" by O.D. Sperry, Carl Junction, MO (lived in KS until 2006)

Third Place - "My Letter From Home" by Carol and Delores Schmitz, Caldwell, KS

Honorable Mention - "Christmas Came In July" by Sheryl Brenn, Levant, KS

Honorable Mention - "Kansas Factual Story" by Michelle Koch, Baileyville, KS

Mamie Boyd "Kansas! Say it Above a Whisper" Essay Winners

First Place - by Ellie Marie Seeler, Easton, KS

Second Place - by Noe Gauna, Goff, KS

Third Place - by Mitchell Koch, Baileyville, KS

Honorable Mention - by Dulce De Los Rios, Kelly, KS

For more information regarding scholarships contact us by email.
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