Winners announced in teen contests

Fond du Lac County is home to amazingly creative teens. Their ingenuity was on full display during separate judging sessions 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 4 to June 1. An awards ceremony and public reception will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 12. Refreshments will be served.

The 50-plus entries in the Teen Photo Contest were judged on April 21 by Julie Balson, owner of Gallery and Frame Shop; Brian Kolstad, professional photographer and senior application developer at wisnet.com; and Mary Christopherson, a graphic designer with BrownBoots Interactive. Entries were submitted in three categories: anything goes, digitally altered and architecture.

Winning the overall grand prize – also a $250 Amazon gift card – was Ahmoni Gonzalez, whose photo of downtown businesses reflected in a rain-streaked Main Street impressed judges for its composition and technical skill. Gonzalez is in seventh grade at Theisen Middle School.

First-place prizes were awarded in each of the categories; each student will receive free professional framing of their photographs provided by Gallery and Frame Shop.

- Architecture: Hailey Brenner, grade 8, Campbellsport Middle School

- Digitally altered: Meagan Hayley Reynolds, grade 12, Bridges Virtual Academy

- Anything goes: Shannon Lobajeski, grade 10, Fond du Lac High School

The third 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 Stephanie Fox, Family and Consumer Sciences teacher at Fond du Lac High School; Lillian’s of Fond du Lac owner Tracy Mathweg; local artist and author Susan Fiebig; and the library’s Children's and Teen Services Coordinator Sarah Newton.

Winning the grand prize – a $250 Amazon gift card – was Annaliese Ferguson, a homeschooled ninth grader. She created a full-length formal “gown” out of hundreds of strips and petals cut from magazines, all constructed over an upcycled tank top. Ferguson finished second in last year’s contest. Emily Schmitz, an eighth grader from Sabish Middle School, scored second place (she took third place last year) with a short party dress that used a clever mix of coffee filters, woven book pages and shimmering gold ribbon. Third place was awarded to Shannon Lobajeski, a 10th grader from Fond du Lac High School, who created a short belted cocktail dress completely from folded book pages, glue and tape. Lobajeski also won a prize in the Teen Photo Contest.

 

 

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