PHOENIX — A polka-dotted monarch perched on a desert blossom. The pleasing symmetry of cacti. A time-lapse nighttime sky-scape. Sunlight breaking through leafy boughs. The beauty and variety of “Arizona Outdoors” were captured with artistry and skill in the five student images selected as winners in this year’s Arizona School Boards Association Jack Peterson Student Photography Contest.
The statewide contest, which marked its 15th year in 2013, is open to K-12 students from Arizona’s public school districts. Photos were judged in two categories: grades K-8, with two awards given, and grades 9-12, with three awards given.
This year’s winners in the grades K-8 category were:
First Place: Spencer Scher, an eighth-grade student at Madison Meadows Middle School in Phoenix (Madison ESD)
Honorable Mention: Evan Ziker, a seventh-grade student from Sonoran Trails Middle School in Phoenix (Cave Creek USD)
Winners is the grades 9-12 category were:
First Place: Daba Yague, a senior at Pinnacle High School in Phoenix (Paradise Valley USD)
Second Place: Jose Coronado, a senior at Amphitheater High School in Tucson (Amphitheater USD)
Third Place: Andrew Kingsbury, a senior at Lake Havasu High School (Lake Havasu USD)
Jeff Kida, photo editor of “Arizona Highways” magazine was among the contest judges.
The ASBA student photography contest began in 1999 as a tribute to former ASBA executive director and amateur photographer Jack Peterson upon his retirement.
The Arizona School Boards Association is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting elected local governance of public education and continuous improvement of student success by providing leadership and assistance to school district governing boards statewide. ASBA represents more than 1,000 school board members and more than 1 million Arizona children.