Students to be recognized at 2017 National PTA Convention & Expo in Las Vegas
ALEXANDRIA, Va., (May 10, 2017)—National PTA is pleased to announce the winners of its 2016-2017 Reflections® student art awards program. Seven students from across the country have been honored with the Outstanding Interpretation Award, and nearly 200 students have been recognized with Awards of Excellence and Merit. The awards honor creative interpretations of the theme “What Is Your Story?” in the areas of special artist, dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts.
“We applaud all of the students across the country who participated in the 2016-2017 Reflections program, and we are thrilled to recognize the award winners for their remarkable talents and creativity,” said Laura Bay, president of National PTA. “Participation in the arts is essential to students’ academic achievement and social and emotional development. The arts inspire creativity and self-expression and help build children’s confidence and sense of accomplishment.”
During the 2016-2017 school year, tens of thousands of students in schools nationwide and in U.S. schools overseas submitted original works to be considered for PTA’s highest honors in the arts. Outstanding Interpretation Award recipients will receive an $800 scholarship to further their artistic talents, and their local PTA will be awarded $200 to support arts and culture in their community. Award of Excellence recipients will receive a $200 scholarship. All national award recipients receive a medallion and certificate.
The following students have been recognized with the Outstanding Interpretation Award:
Midway High School PTA, Waco, Texas
Special Artist: “Who I Am”
Mountain View High School PTSA, Orem, Utah
Dance Choreography: “Human”
Cupertino High School PTSA, Cupertino, Calif.
Film Production: “Being Human”
Urbana Middle School PTSA, Ijamsville, Md.
Literature: “The Sun Above Me”
Falcon Cove Middle School PTA, Weston, Fla.
Music Composition: “Bears in The Valley”
Syosset High School PTA, Syosset, N.Y.
Photography: “Out Of The Darkness”
Mentor High School PTSA, Mentor, Ohio
Visual Arts: “The Story of My Life”
These students are invited to present their works on stage at the 2017 National PTA Convention & Expo, Saturday, June 24 during an awards celebration. The award recipients will also be honored in a student showcase in January 2018 at the U.S. Department of Education’s LBJ Building in Washington, DC. The ceremony will open an exhibition of their artwork, which will be displayed in the building through the end of February 2018.
Each year, the National PTA Reflections program encourages students of all ages to explore and be involved in the arts. Through the program, National PTA and PTAs across the country encourage students in preschool through grade 12 to create and submit original works of art in the medium of their choice—dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography or visual arts—that reflect on the annual theme. There also is a special artist division to provide all students the opportunity to participate in the program. Submissions are reviewed by visual, literary and performing art experts, and students are recognized for their artistic ingenuity in bringing the theme to life.
“For nearly 50 years, the National PTA Reflections program has been bringing the arts to life for millions of students across the country,” added Nathan R. Monell, CAE, National PTA executive director. “National PTA remains committed to the importance of arts in education, and continues to work to ensure all students have access to art programs and classes in their schools and communities.”
About National PTA
National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of family engagement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.
Heidi May Wilson, National PTA
1250 N. Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
The artwork for the 2017 Reflections program was spectacular! Congratulations to all of the students whose entries were advanced to the state round and our sincere appreciation to all of the PTA volunteers that made it possible.
We are proud to announce those students that received first through Honorable Mention placing during the state round. They will be receiving an invitation to the annual Missouri PTA Reflections Student Showcase on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at the Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center in Columbia.
First place entries in every age division and category have advanced to the National PTA for consideration at that level of judging. We are anxiously awaiting the names of national award recipients. These will be announced the first week in May and posted here on our website.
2017 Missouri PTA Reflections Winners
National PTA has partnered with Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK) on their Game On Grant, which is available to parent organizations in select states (yours is one of them). More information and the application can be found at: http://www.actionforhealthykids.org/tools-for-schools/apply-for-grants. National PTA is finalizing the contract and promotional information will be forthcoming.
The deadline will be April 7th.
Mary Jo Neil| National Service Representative
1250 N. Pitt Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
2017 Missouri PTA Reflections
Student Showcase Event
Sunday, April 30th
Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center
The names of those students that placed on the state level will be announced on March 15th and will receive an invitation to the Student Showcase. Unit Presidents and Reflections Chairs will also be notified.
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