BYMS Seventh Grader Sienna Troyer Wins Golden Hour Contest


BYMS 7th Grader Sienna Troyer won first place in the photography category and the People’s Choice Award at Yorba Linda Library’s Art and Literature “Exposed: Golden Hour” contest, designed for teens ages 13 to 18 on December 7th, 2021. 


In an interview with the Matador Messenger, Sienna stated,  “I didn’t really believe it at first! I felt very nervous, especially when they called my name as first place. When they did announce my name…I didn’t actually believe that I was the winner of the whole contest. I felt really excited and special, considering that the whole district from 7th-12th grades competed, and I was the youngest one competing and still happened to win!”


The Yorba Linda Art Alliance judged the competition, and the judges’ decisions were final. The contest had around 67 entries and 66 participants in the contest this year, including a participant that entered into both art and literature categories. “We are VERY happy with this turnout since we, unfortunately, had to cancel the contest last year,” says Alex Cauley a librarian in charge of teen services at the Yorba Linda Public Library. All of the requirements and rules can be found at the Yorba Linda Public Library: Exposed 2021 site.


“The EXPOSED contest was created in 2007 by a former teen librarian, Patricia Rivera, in partnership with the Nixon Library,” stated Alex Cauley in an interview with the Matador Messenger. According to Ms. Alex Cauley, the contest was made for teens to express their creativity and to appreciate their work. 


This year’s theme – Golden Hour – was chosen by Ms. Alex Cauley. Cauley and The Teen Advisory Board typically chooses a theme they think would be good for the springboard for creativity.  

The people’s choice award was held at the beginning of the Awards Gala. Everyone in attendance could view the art on display and cast a vote for their favorite piece of art. Sienna’s photo was voted as the favorite art piece of the contest. 

The contestants who placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd all received prizes and honorable gifts including Target gift cards and certificates. Sienna won the first place photography award – a thirty dollar Target gift card – as well as the People’s Choice award, which is another thirty dollar gift card to Target.“There are indeed gift card prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Honorable Mention, People’s choice, and Staff Pick,” said Ms. Cauley in an interview with the Matador Messenger.

When interviewed, Sienna Troyer said, “…it’s always fun to attend some sort of event like that. I think everyone there did great, and it was a very fun experience and I’d really like to do it again sometime in the future if possible.”