Yosemite National Park and The Ansel Adams Gallery to Celebrate the Winners of the 2017 Gateway Expressions Student Art, Photography and Poetry Contest

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Date: November 9, 2017

Ceremony to be held on Saturday, November 18, 2017 in front of The Ansel Adams Gallery  

Yosemite National Park and The Ansel Adams Gallery will celebrate the winners of the 2017 Gateway Expressions Student Art, Photography and Poetry Contest from 11 am to noon on Saturday, November 18, 2017. The celebration reception will take place in front of The Ansel Adams Gallery in the Yosemite Village.

This annual contest celebrates the creativity of students in the Yosemite community. This year, students submitted 232 paintings, drawings, photographs, poetry and more, highlighting some of Yosemite's most iconic views and wildlife. This annual contest celebrates the creative work of youth living in the Yosemite gateway communities. The contest is open to all students, grades TK-12, who live in the gateway communities of Yosemite National Park.

All winning submissions will be on public display at The Ansel Adams Gallery through Saturday, November 18, 2017.

The 2017 Contest Winners Are:


1st Place: Flynn Benson, Yosemite Valley School

2nd Place: Sadie Nash, Yosemite Valley School


1st Place: Nollie Buskeness, Yosemite Valley School

2nd Place: Whitney Marcis, El Portal School

3rd Place: Evelyn Carter, El Portal School

Honorable Mention: Jack Killian, Yosemite Valley School & Abigail Griffin, El Portal School

2-3 Art: 

1st Place: Westly Sheffield, Sierra Foothill Charter School

2nd Place: Lani Schwetaa-Sweeny, Yosemite Valley School

3rd Place: Payton Totten, Sierra Foothill Carter School

Honorable Mention: Tyler Ruffner, El Portal School & Titus Delgado, Yosemite Valley School

4-5 Art:

1st Place: Nellee Sue Cresci, Rivergold Elementary School

2nd Place: Haillie Grace Nielsen, John Muir Academy North

3rd Place: Reese Evans, Sierra Foothill Charter School

Honorable Mention: Chloe Blagg, Sierra Foothill Charter School & Sage Inman, Sierra Foothill Charter School

6-8 Art:

1st Place: Erica Wohlgemuth, Yosemite Wawona Elementary School

2nd Place: Kaitlyn Fisher, Oak Creek Intermediate School

3rd Place: Malte Salonen, Sierra Foot Hill Charter School

Honorable Mention: Clover Cicoletti, North Fork School & Sayer Harry, Sierra Foothill Charter

9-12 Art:

1st Place: Cedar Dobson, Yosemite High School

2nd Place: Claire Oetinger, Yosemite High School 

3rd Place: Cary Walker, Mammoth High School 

Honorable Mention: Sarah Davey, Yosemite High School & Bekah Fickling, Walter Mitty Classical School 

Poetry 2-3:

1st Place: Lyell Marcis, El Portal School

2nd Place: Max Sturdevant, El Portal School

3rd Place: Wren Sturdevant, El Portal School

Honorable Mention: Cora Grasso, El Portal School & Rafael Rodriguez, El Portal School

Poetry 4-5:

1st Place: Stephanie Graham, Rivergold Elementary

2nd Place: Morgan Ramsey, Rivergold Elementary

3rd Place: Bree King, Rivergold Elementary

Honorable Mention: Jonas Spurgeon Rivergold Elementary & Kaylee Bates, Rivergold Elementary

Poetry 6-8

1st Place: Carter Whatley, El Portal School 

2nd Place: Autumn Stock, El Portal School 

3rd Place: Erika Ayers, Lake Don Pedro School 

Honorable Mention: Spencer Gediman, El Portal School & Lupin Amstutz, El Portal School  

Poetry 9-12

1st Place: Marena Haven, Tioga High School

Group Art 3-4

1st Place: Spring Valley Elementary, Mrs. McGrews class

Group Art 5

1st Place: Belleview Elementary, Mrs. Portillo's Class

Group Photography:

1st Place: Belleview Elementary, Mrs. Portillo's Class

Photography 2-3

1st Place: Russell Sham, OES

Photography 6-8

1st Place: Camille Fisher, Oak Crek Intermediate School

2nd Place: Lusa Andrews, Yosemite Wawona Elementary School

3rd Place: Jaeyanna Bolar, Sierra Foot Hill Charter School 

Zero Landfill Award 4-5: 

1st Place: Abbe Stoneham, Lake Don Pedro Elementary School

2nd Place: Ciara Casarez, Lake Don Pedro Elementary School

3rd Place:  Dakota Killian, Lake Don Pedro Elementary School

Honorable Mention: Cecilia Arrendondo, Lake Don Pedro Elementary School

Zero Landfill Award 6-8:  

1st Place: Krista Fields, Lake Don Pedro Elementary School

2nd Place: Jasmine Fields, Lake Don Pedro Elementary School

Yosemite Award: Cedar Dobson, Yosemite High School

Ansel Adams Gallery Award: Belleview Elementary, Mrs. Portillo's Class

Yosemite Conservancy Award: Cedar Dobson, Yosemite High School

The 7th Annual Gateway Expressions Student Art, Photography and Poetry Contest has been made possible through the generous support of Yosemite Conservancy and in collaboration with The Ansel Adams Gallery.

Last updated: November 9, 2017

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