BJHS Photographers Named Finalists in Contest

Bryant Junior High Journalism had four photographers named as finalists for A-State’s Creative Media Contest.  

Lily Presley, freshman, won two honorable mentions in portrait photography and an honorable mention in student life photography.  Nytriuna Smith, freshman, won both an honorable mention and a silver rating for student photography.  Kelsey Long, freshman, won an honorable mention in sports action photography.  Jocelyn Kirby, freshman, won a bronze rating in portrait photography and a gold rating in student life photography.  

BJHS was the only junior high program to place in the state-wide competition, and it is their second year to compete.  

“We had a few honorable mentions in the competition last year,” Meag Abo, journalism adviser, said, “But this year, we’ve nearly doubled the number of awards and won a few ratings.  It’s a testament to how much these individuals have grown and the developing strength of the overall program.”  

Presley is coeditor-in-chief of The Blue and White, the yearbook, and a second-year staff member.  Smith is photography editor of The Blue and White and a second-year member.  Kirby is photography editor of The Occurrence, the newspaper, and is a second-year member.  Long is in her first year as a member of The Blue and White.  

“I am incredibly proud of these young ladies and know that this is just the beginning of their success in this field,” Abo said.   

Gold Rating, Student Life by Jocelyn Kirby

Bronze Rating, Portrait by Jocelyn Kirby

Silver Rating, Student Life by Nytriuna Smith