May 5, 2017
Contact: Jenada Johnson, Alaska PTA Reflections Chair
Anchorage and Fairbanks Students Honored for Achievements in the Arts
Anchorage, Alaska May 4, 2017— The Alaska PTA Reflections program announces that the following students have been honored by National PTA for achievement in the 2016-2017 National PTA Reflections Arts in Education program. The award honors imagination, creativity and interpretation of the theme “What is Your Story?”
Ari Jazz Hope, Rogers Park Elementary PTA (Anchorage) - Double National PTA Award of Excellence Winner in the Intermediate Division, Dance Choreography category for "Release Your Feelings" as well as in the Intermediate Division, Music Composition category for "Release Your Feelings."
Julia Witherell, Rabbit Creek Elementary PTA (Anchorage)- National PTA Award of Excellence Winner in the Middle School Division, Visual Arts category for "My Stitched Story."
Vaishnavi Gornale, Rogers Park Elementary PTA (Anchorage)- National PTA Award of Merit Winner in the Intermediate Division, Literature category for "Isabelle Parker & The Princess of Ice."
Astrid Anderson, Randy Smith Middle School PTA (Fairbanks)- National PTA Award of Merit Winner in the Middle School Division, Dance Choreography category for "Stop and Stare."
“The Reflections program offers students a chance to explore their creativity in a variety of medium which encourages creative thinking in all aspects of life and brings home the significance of the Arts in Education. We are thrilled that these young ladies are being recognized on the National level for their achievements within their individual art mediums. Congratulations to all of them!” - Jenada Johnson, Alaska PTA Reflections chair
These Students showcased or performed their individual art works during the Alaska State Reflections Awards ceremony on Saturday April 29th in Anchorage which included displays of all State Level entries. They received their State Level Finalist awards at that time.
The National PTA Reflections program encourages students of all ages and abilities to explore and be involved in the arts. Through the program, National PTA, Alaska PTA and PTAs across the country urge 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 and visual arts — reflecting on a specific theme. There also is a special artist division option for students with disabilities to ensure that all students have the opportunity to participate in the program. Students are recognized each year for their artistic ingenuity to bring the theme to life in a way that is personal and meaningful.
Founded in 1969, the National PTA Reflections engages nearly 300,000 students and their families in arts education activities each year—encouraging students to explore the arts for fun and recognition. For more information about the program, visit PTA.org/Reflections.
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