Texas High School Photography Students Earn Top Honors at ATPI Conference

Front Row (left to right): Assad Malik, Allyson Smith, Sophie Spakes Middle Row (left to right): Hollan Reed, Abby Elliott, Peyton Sims, Jonathan Naples, Caden Rainwater Back Row (left to right): Bailey Groom, Kaitlyn Rogers, Margaret Debenport, Merideth Stanfill

TEXARKANA, Texas – During the Association of Texas Photography Instructors Winter Conference on February 21-22 in Austin, Texas, Texas High School photography students took top honors for their work.  The annual conference allows students the opportunity to participate in hands-on classes related to all types of photography and video and to compete in on-site contests.

Taking top individual awards were:

  • Abby Bunch: Honorable Mention Self Portrait;
  • Margaret Debenport: First Place Cropped Competition; First Place Photojournalism Advanced Portfolio; Second Place Picture Package; Excellent Self Portrait; Third Place Digital Editing;
  • Abby Elliott: Third Place Art Advanced Portfolio; Honorable Mention Self Portrait;
  • Bailey Groom: Second Place Art Advanced Portfolio;
  • Brooke Knight: Superior Self Portrait;
  • Assad Malik: First Place News Video;
  • Jonathan Naples: Third Place Photojournalism Advanced Portfolio; Honorable Mention Self Portrait;
  • Caden Rainwater: Excellent Self Portrait; Third Place Beginning Portfolio;
  • Hollan Reed: Honorable Mention Beginning Portfolio;
  • Kaitlyn Rogers: First Place Art Advanced Portfolio;
  • Peyton Sims: First Place Picture Package; Second Place Beginning Portfolio; Honorable Mention Self Portrait;
  • Allyson Smith: Honorable Mention Beginning Portfolio; Honorable Mention Digital Editing;
  • Sophie Spakes: Honorable Mention Art Advanced Portfolio; Honorable Mention Picture Package;
  • Merideth Stanfill: Superior Self Portrait.

Team Awards include:

  • Third Place for School Portfolio: Team of Margaret Debenport, Bailey Groom, Hollan Reed, Kaitlyn Rogers.
  • Third Place for B.I.G. 72 Video:  An on-site, 72-hour contest where students work around a given theme for bragging rights on the best-on-the-spot program.
  • Honorable Mention School Portfolio: Team of Abby Elliott, Caden Rainwater, Peyton Sims, Merideth Stanfill.


Currently featuring eleven campuses, along with a virtual school academy, TISD provides a quality education for pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. Additionally, the District offers career & technology and special education opportunities for pre-school and school-age children and operates Tiger Learning Centers that provide childcare services for children ages three and up.