National PTA Honors Students Nationally for Talents and Creativity

Over 300,000 students from across the country and in U.S. schools overseas created original works of art

National PTA pleased to announce the winners of its 2018-2019 Reflections® student art awards program. The awards honor creative interpretations of the theme “Heroes Around Me” in the areas of special artist, dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts.

Jim Accomando, president of National PTA says, Over 300,000 students from across the country and in U.S. schools overseas created original works of art as part of the 2018-2019 Reflections program.” “We applaud all of the students who participated in the program this school year, and we are thrilled to recognize the winners for their talents and creativity”, he added.

The “Heroes Around Me” awardees

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. Following are the students who have been recognized with the Outstanding Interpretation Award:

Riley Franklin
Kingwood Middle School PTA, Texas
Special Artist: “The Teacher Who Changed My Life”

Kelsi Fears
Dekalb School of the Arts PTSA, Ga.                
Dance Choreography: “The Hero in the Frame”

Karley Kopacz
Panther Run Elementary PTA, Fla.
Film Production: “Heroes for Change”

Anna Chung
Thomas Jefferson High School PTSA, Va.        
Literature: “The Helper”

Jeremiah Nouel
James L. McGuire PTA, RI.
Music Composition: “HERO”

Ally Burrow
Cave Spring Elementary School PTA, Va.        
Photography: “My Tiny Champion”

Grey Mobley
Parmalee Elementary PTA, Colo.
Visual Arts: “Helping Paws”

These students 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 and will be honored at the 2019 National PTA Convention & Expo, Saturday, June 22 during an awards celebration. All national award recipients also will be honored in a student showcase in January 2020 in Washington, DC.

Nathan R. Monell, CAE, National PTA executive director said, “For 50 years, the National PTA Reflections program has helped millions of students explore their thoughts, feelings and ideas; develop artistic literacy; increase their confidence and find a love for learning that helps them succeed in school and in life.” “National PTA remains committed to the importance of the arts. It is a top priority of our association to ensure all children have access to arts programs and classes”, he assured.