Patulski also received one of only two Best in Show honors for his outer space-themed entry.
Grand Haven High School senior Mariah Evans, recent Spring Lake High School graduate Sam Stout, Coopersville High School alumna Sandra Martinez, and West Ottawa High School senior Josh Wernette received one or more first places for their entries submitted during the 2015-16 school year.
Judging took place over the summer at Clemson University, with results unveiled in September.
Students submitted entries as part of embedded curriculum preparing students for careers and college after graduation.
Instructor James Larsen said all nine students who entered received recognition at the competition.
“These contests give students a chance to compete at a national level to showcase their talents, add to their portfolios and get their work out there,” Larsen said. “Graduating high school with an established portfolio helps students apply for school and present themselves professionally for job interviews.”
The Gutenberg Award contest is divided into print, website and photography and recognizes exceptional achievement in graphic arts in divisions from college to middle school.