Winners in 2 teen contests announced


Fond du Lac County has some amazingly creative teens. Their ingenuity was on full display during separate judging sessions last week for the Fond du Lac Public Library’s two spring contests: Upcycled Glam and Teen Photo.

Both contests finalized on April 1, and judges met separately to make tough decisions on prize winners. All entries in both contests will be on display in the library’s Langdon Divers Gallery from May 6 to June 3. A public reception and awards ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 14.

The second annual Upcycled Glam Contest challenged teens to create a special occasion outfit using a combination of upcycled clothing and upcycled paper. It was judged on April 14 by Archie Barribeau, instructional technology integration specialist with the Fond du Lac School District; local artist Susan Fiebig; and the library’s Children's and Teen Services Coordinator Sarah Newton.

Winning the grand prize – a $250 Amazon gift card – was Fond du Lac High School ninth grader Morgan Ruelle, who created a short, strapless party dress with woven paper bodice and accordion-pleated paint sample skirt sewn onto an upcycled dress. Second and third place winners both will receive gift certificates from Jo-Ann Fabrics: Annaliese Ferguson, a home-schooled eighth grader, and Emily Schmitz, a seventh grader from Sabish Middle School, respectively. The three winning entries emerged from a very competitive field of 14 dresses, all different and highly imaginative.

The 81 entries in the Teen Photo Contest were judged on April 16 by Julie Balson, owner of Gallery and Frame Shop; Brian Kolstad, professional photographer and senior application developer at wisnet.com; and professional photographer Casey French.

Winning the grand prize – also a $250 Amazon gift card – was Erin Soldner, an 11th-grade home school student, who submitted a pensive black-and-white portrait of a girl reading by an open window.

Soldner and each of the teens who received honorable mention awards in the three categories will receive a custom framing of their photo, donated by the Gallery and Frame Shop.

Receiving honorable mention awards were Echo Pierce, seventh grader at Woodworth Middle School (category: Daily Life); Meagan Hayley Reynolds, 11th grader from Bridges Virtual Academy (category: Nature); and Regan Calvert, 12th grader at Fond du Lac High School (category: Anything Goes).

In the photos: Grand prize winners in the Fond du Lac Public Library's two spring contests for teens were Morgan Ruelle's entry in the Upcycled Glam Contest, which used an upcycled inner garment and woven and pleated paper, and Erin Soldner's black-and-white portrait in the Teen Photo Contest. Annaliese Ferguson and Emily Schmitz won second and third, respectively, in Upcycled Glam.

 

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