Northwest NEWS

June 11, 2001


National Reflections winners announced

All three Northshore School District entries submitted to the National level for judging received awards.
   €Nathaniel Davis' (Fernwood El.) original piano composition, "It Would be Really Strange if Space Creatures Cooked Thanksgiving Dinner" and Chloe Freed's (Arrowhead El.) illustrated children's alphabet primer, "It Would be Really Strange if Animals Ate Alphabet Soup" received Awards of Excellence in the Primary Division in the music and literature categories, respectively.
   Michelle Matsuzawa's (Lockwood El.) hand-retouched black & white photograph, "It Would be Really Strange if Lollipops Would Fall Down When it Rained" received an Award of Merit in the Primary Division of the photography category.
   Washington state was awarded 11 National placements in all, out of 16 entries submitted, setting a new State Reflections record.
   At the national Level judges select winning entries of two types. The top recognition is the Award of Excellence. Three such awards are given in each arts area for each age division. The winners receive a $200 cash prize and a silver-plated Reflections Program medallion. The second level of recognition is the Award of Merit. Up to five Awards of Merit are given per age division in each arts category. These students receive a silver-plated Reflections Program medallion. All national participants will also receive a letter of congratulations and a certificate of participation from the national PTA in June 2001.
   Reflections is a national and Washington State PTA cultural arts program.
   The purpose of this program is to encourage students to use their creative
   talents to explore their thoughts and feelings about the current year's
   theme. The 2000-2001 theme, "It Would Be Really Strange IfŠ", was
   interpreted by the students through visual arts, photography, literature and
   music. The 2001-2002 theme will be "I Hold in My HandŠ". Students
   interested in participating in next year's program should contact their
   local schools.