A Gardner Edgerton High School student will be honored at the annual Native Sons and Daughters celebration.
Kali Wakley earned first place in the Native Sons and Daughter’s annual art competition, “Kansans… As Talented As You Think!”
Kali’s photograph, “You’re so Vein,” features a dramatic close-up of a leaf. The photo earned her first place in the Black and White Photography division of the competition.
She is one of 30 finalists whose works will be exhibited Jan. 4 – Jan. 24 at the Brown vs. Board of Education National Historic site in Topeka. A first Friday opening will run from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Jan. 4 at the site.
From more than 400 entries, a panel of judges selected winners in several media. A Lawrence Free State High School student earned Best of Show. The winners of the each category will be honored at this year’s Native Sons and Daughters Banquet on Jan. 25.
Serving as judge of this year’s competition was Bob Cross, who has been an art educator for over for 44 years in Chanute. The preliminary judges were Debbie Wagner, Bennington; Marilyn Brisham, Wichita, and Henry Schwaller, Hays.
The art competition is organized each year by Don Lambert and Grant Glenn and his law firm Woner, Glenn, Reeder & Girard P.A. Lambert is a longtime promoter of the arts in Kansas.
This year’s Native Sons and Daughters Banquet will honor co-Kansans of the year, American Cabaret sensation, Marilyn Maye, and Dick Davidson, retired CEO of the Union Pacific Corporation.