PTA Reflections Contest Winners

PTA Reflections Contest Winners
Posted on 04/12/2021
This is the image for the news article titled PTA Reflections Contest WinnersEach year, over 300,000 students in Pre-K through Grade 12 create original works of art in response to a student-selected theme. This 50+ year-old program helps them explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful in school and in life.

The theme for the 2020-2021 program year was “I Matter Because.... “.  Students were able to submit their completed works of art in one or all of these categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts.
There were two contest winners this year from WAWM:
  • Elena May, grade 7 from Lane Intermediate School was awarded Outstanding Interpretation in the area of literature. HERE
  • Anna Gregory, grade 6 from Frank Lloyd Wright Intermediate School was awarded the Award of Excellence in the area of literature. HERE
Both projects were based on work done in Orchestra class with Mrs.Mary Pat Michels.  According to Michels, “Anna’s work was a short story that focused on anxiety and how the support of a friend is so important. Anna also wrote a solo for violin called “Anxiety” and performed it to complete her entry. Elena’s essay tells about her kindness project she did in orchestra last semester.  She painted rocks with inspirational messages and left them around her neighborhood to cheer people, as a tribute to how her orchestra family is always there for her when she needs love and support. Not only did they each take a creative, heartfelt approach to the project, but they also worked together via text one Saturday afternoon to register and enter the contest online. Their teamwork with someone they had just met via group text was so heartwarming to watch. A true testimony that what they wrote wasn’t just an assignment, but a testament of who they both are as individuals.”
“This is the first time I have entered the PTA Reflections Contest,” says Anna. “I am so glad my Orchestra teacher gave me the opportunity to join this contest. To be able to write a story that showcased my own experiences of realizing how and why I matter was really cool. I am also glad someone else in my school district was entering the contest, because we were able to help each other get through the tough and confusing process of submitting our entries. It felt amazing to actually win the contest and have my own work recognized. Because I was doubting that I would win this contest, I learned that anything is possible if you put the effort into whatever you’re trying to do. I would definitely recommend entering this contest next year.”

“I was excited to write something for the PTA reflections,” says Elena. “The reflection prompt was interesting to me, because I was able to not only talk about why I matter but why we all matter.  Mrs. Michels helped me figure out how to connect my artwork and the essay together to express this important message. I decided to write about my kindness rocks. I talked about my kindness towards others, and their kindness towards me, and I experienced this kindness with Anna as well. I was excited when I got an award for my writing, and I’m glad that I participated in the Reflections Contest.”
Each entry will be forwarded to the National level contest. (The National awards will be announced in May 2021.) 
“We are so proud of these students and congratulating and honoring their outstanding representation of their school and our district as a whole. We are so impressed by their work!” said PTA Council President, Daphne Leigh.