Mount Si High School finished eighth (out of 63 participating high schools) in the 2017 Washington State High School Photography Competition on May 6.
“This was the best-ever finish for the school,” explained Mount Si Photography Teacher James Gibowski. “Previously, Mount Si came close placing ninth overall in 2009.”
This year, 18 photographs taken by 15 Mount Si High School students received special recognition. Three photographs placed in the competition -- they were among only 72 photos of the 3,879 total submitted that earned first through sixth places within 12 categories. Plus, 15 other Mount Si photographs received state recognition. Congratulations to Mount Si students for the following accomplishments:
Senior Maddy Trout placed third in the Still Life category.
In the Camera Phone category, junior Ruth Liebendorfer placed third and freshman Janna Price placed fifth.
Junior Maddox Malcolm earned “Select Finalist” recognition in the Animal category (within the final 18 photos judged for the six places).
Fifteen other Mount Si photos earned “Select” recognition for finishing within the top 10 percent of their category. Listed alphabetically, Mount Si photographers earning Select in their categories include: senior Connor Bunting (two in Portrait), senior Addison Egan (Landscape), freshman Sydney Gabel (Camera Phone), freshman Jackson Kruyt (Landscape), sophomore Dylan Ladd (Camera Phone), Maddox Malcolm (People), freshman Johnny Pownall III (Camera Phone), freshman Chase Ruiz (Still Life), senior Dyllan Schilling (two in Landscape), freshman Alana Wells (Abstract), junior Emma Williamson (People), and sophomore Jacob Zupan (People).
Washington State high schools placed in the competition as follows: 1st - Inglemoor (which hosts the annual competition), 2nd - Kentridge, 3rd - Seattle Academy of the Arts, 4th - Lakeside, 5th - Meadowdale, 6th - Stadium, 7th - Tacoma School of the Arts, 8th - Mount Si, and there was a tie for 9th place between Bainbridge Island, Bothell and Ferris high schools.