Gardner Edgerton High School senior Ashley Collins’ photo, above, took the top prize in a statewide photo competition. The photo shows the lady Blazer soccer team preparing for a game. Submitted photo

Gardner Edgerton High School senior Ashley Collins’ photo, above, took the top prize in a statewide photo competition. The photo shows the lady Blazer soccer team preparing for a game. Submitted photo

Ashley Collins has an eye for photography and after this weekend, has a state title to prove it. Collins, a senior at Gardner Edgerton High School, qualified in February to participate in the Kansas Scholastic Press Association State Competition this past weekend representing GEHS and the yearbook staff in the 5A/6A Sports Photography Category.
The state competition required students to photograph leadership in a school-sponsored spring sports team. Collins’ winning photo captured the lady Blazer soccer team preparing for the game.  Her photograph took first place.
This is Collins third award for sports photography this year having previously earned an honorable mention at the Kansas Scholastic Press Association regional competition as well as at the Journalism Educators of Metropolitan Kansas City competition in late April.