Northwest NEWS

May 27, 2002


Three Northshore students receive National PTA awards

Three entries from the Northshore School District have placed in their individual categories in the National Reflections competition, a program that recognizes excellence in the arts throughout the U.S.
   Matt Petersen's (Hollywood Hill El.) essay, "Life and Baseball," and Robbie Ptaszynki's  (Sunrise El.) computer-enhanced photograph, "I hold in my hand… myself," received Awards of Excellence in the categories of Intermediate Literature and Junior/Middle Photography, respectively.
   Tyler Stone's (Timbercrest Jr. High) poem, "Lifelines," received an Award of Merit in the Junior/Middle Literature division. All together, Washington State was awarded seven National placements for the sixteen entries submitted.
   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 2002.
   Every year the National PTA's Reflections Program challenges students to create an artistic work that supports a specific theme. This year more than 600,000 students nationwide, including students from the Pacific and European PTA Congresses, participated in the program. Students submitted their artistic work based on the 2001-2002 theme, "I hold in my hand…", in one of four categories: literature, musical composition, photography or visual art.
   "Participation in the arts helps children develop both intellectual and social skill and gives children new ways of expressing themselves," said National PTA President Shirley Igo. Washington State is a leader among PTAs in numerous arenas including Reflections. This year 534 local units statewide participated generating 24,574 student entries.
   The Reflections Program is open to students from preschool through 12th grade and is structured to enable PTAs to recognize students at the local, state and national levels.
   The 2002-2003 theme will be, "Signs of Courage." Students interested in participating in next year's program should contact their local schools.