Who We Are

The Puyallup School District, The Karshner Museum and Center for Culture & Arts, Arts Downtown and the Friends of the Karshner Museum are hosting a writing, art and film contest.  Inspired by the Secretary of State’s Legacy Washington exhibit at the Karshner Museum through January 20, “Who Are We? Kaleidoscope of Washington.”  

The Secretary of State’s Legacy Washington exhibit “Who ARE we?” celebrates the lives of Washingtonians who have made a difference. The people whose stories are told in this exhibit are distinguished, diverse, resilient people who are advocates for our environment, cultural heritage, government, civil rights, and the disabled.  They believe as citizens of Washington state that with the privilege of living in this beautiful state comes responsibility; responsibility to advance the greater good, to be loving and respectful of our state and our people. They believed in hard work, in chasing dreams and in making a difference.

The competition’s theme is “Who We Are Puyallup.”

Essays, art or film can examine any or all of the following:  What makes us Puyallup?   Historically, today, or from a specific point of view?  Who Am I in Puyallup? How can we make a difference? What dream do I want Puyallup to follow? What do we need to advocate for in Puyallup?  Who are the extraordinary people whose stories need to be told in our community?

The essay, art and film contest is open to K-12th grade students in the Puyallup School District and adults in the Puyallup community. This exploration and analysis can be unveiled in multiple creative formats including writings, film projects or art.

A panel of judges will choose and announce a winner from each category early in 2018.  Winners will be selected for grades K-6, 7-12 and an adult category.  

All entries will be on display during a reception at the Karshner Museum and Center for Culture & Art during January where judging will take place. 

Winners at each level in each category will be invited to a ceremony where they will be presented with special awards and prizes.  Winning pieces will also be posted on the Puyallup School District’s website, and will be displayed at various venues in the City of Puyallup during the months of February and March culminating in a display at the Spring Fair during the Honoring Cultures and Diversity Celebration.  

Contest Rules:    The contest is open to Puyallup area students in grades K-12 and adults in the Puyallup Community. Writers, artists and filmmakers are encouraged to participate.

• May submit essays, or poetry.
• Must submit entries no more than 1000 words. 
• Please title Essays or Poetry.

• Must submit original pieces no larger than 18” x 24.”
• Must include an artist statement of no more than 100 words.

• Must submit pieces no more than 3 minutes.  (Please submit using school’s YouTube channel, elementary schools-contact feeder junior high or high school to use their channel, and put address of you tube video on entry form). Or contact Lynda Belt at beltld@puyallup.k12.wa.us for more information. 

All participants:
• Should not use copyrighted material without permission and proper citation.
• All entries must include citations for any references.
• Should include: name, (teacher name, school name, grade) if student.  Adults need to include name, address, phone number and email.  
• Must fill out a contest form (attached) and follow submission guidelines.  Contest forms will be available in school offices, at the Puyallup Public Library, and the Karshner Museum and Center for Cultu*re & Arts.
• Must submit their work by January 3, 2018 to the Puyallup School District office or by mail. c/o Lynda Belt Karshner Museum and Center for Culture & Arts, 309 4th St NE, Puyallup, WA  98372. 

For questions or additional information please contact Lynda Belt, Karshner Museum and Center for Culture & Art, beltld@puyallup.k12.wa.us.   

To see profiles & more information about the Who Are We: Kaleidoscope of Washington visit
 https://www.sos.wa.gov/legacy/who-are-we/exhibit/  OR visit the Karshner Museum and Center for Culture & Art and see the exhibit!   Legacy Washington documents extraordinary stories in Washington history. This collaborative venture, spearheaded by Secretary of State Kim Wyman, relies on original sources at the Washington State Library, the Washington State Archives and heritage organizations across the state.

 Contest Update**

Student art

1st place —Moses Tennett, Aylen Junior High
2nd place —Kiele Zacker, Aylen Junior High

Honorable mentions:
Axelle Salazar, Aylen Junior High
Aiden Fleming, Aylen Junior High
Bryson Flores, home school

Student photo

1st place – Emily Hendershot, Rogers High School
2nd place – Ricky Lopez, Rogers High School

Honorable mentions:
Riley Lund, Rogers High School
Kelvin Fernando, Rogers High School

People’s Choice
Benjamin Rood, Rogers High School


1st place — Payton Tibbitts, Fruitland Elementary
2nd place — Haylee Patrician, Rogers High School

Honorable mentions:
Bryce Brozovich, Fruitland Elementary
Yareli Dominguez Vazquez, Fruitland Elementary
Naomi An, Fruitland Elementary
Tehwan Fejarang, Fruitland Elementary
Velma Williams (senior citizen) lives at Merrill Gardens

Adult art

1st place — Ron Snowden
2nd place — Don Snowden

Honorable mentions:
Amanda Warring
Karen St. Clair

“Panjah of Jesus”, Adult