2019-20 Northern Virginia (and state) Reflections Winners!

Dance ChoreographyDance Choreography

PRIMARY

1st Place – Natalia Thornton, 1st grade, Montessori Public School, Arlington, “Dancing With My Ancestors” 1st Place Virginia!

2nd Place – Nainika Diddi, 1st grade, McNair ES, Fairfax, “Not Alone”

INTERMEDIATE

1st Place – Mihika Sinha, 5th grade, Taylor ES, Arlington, “Me ‘A Tree’”      3rd Place Virginia!

2nd Place – Rishima Sahoo, 5th grade, McNair ES, Fairfax, “Happiness is Inside – Look Within”

3rd Place – Catalina Gustafson, 5th grade, Louise Archer ES, Fairfax, “Who Am I?”

HM – Saha Irwin, 4th grade, Jefferson-Houston School, Alexandria, “Beauty Around You”

MIDDLE SCHOOL

1st Place – Grace Fettig, 8th grade, Williamsburg MS, Arlington, “To Be or Not To Be…Me” 3rd Place Virginia!

2nd Place – Sicilia Oliver, 7th grade, Longfellow MS, Fairfax, “It Only Matters In the Inside”

3rd Place (tie) – Sophia Zabel, 6th grade, George Washington MS, Alexandria, “A Bird”

3rd Place (tie) – Pairis Roberts, 6th grade, Laurel Hill ES, Fairfax, “Hate Love”

HIGH SCHOOL

1st Place – Molly Quigley, 10th grade T.C. Williams HS, Alexandria, “Antidote” 3rd Place Virginia!

2nd Place – Anjali Nair, 11th grade, Thomas Jefferson HS for Science & Tech, Fairfax, “Transcending Regrets”

3rd Place (tie) – Elizabeth Mineau, 11th grade, Washington-Liberty HS, Arlington, “The Movement of My Soul”

3rd Place (tie) – Leila Ilkhanoff, 11th grade, Mclean HS, Fairfax, “Can’t Be Broken”

 

Film ProductionFilm Production

PRIMARY

1st Place – Theo Whiteman, K, McKinley ES, Arlington,      “Look Within Others” 1st Place Virginia!

2nd Place – Ellen Clarke, K, Aldrin ES, Fairfax, “My Chinese Lunch”

3rd Place (tie) – Ansel Mangum, K, Jefferson-Houston School, Alexandria, “In the Drawer”

3rd Place (tie)   Joseph Crowley, 2nd grade, Laurel Ridge ES, Fairfax, “Look Within Nature”

INTERMEDIATE

1st Place – Genevieve Cheng, 3rd grade, Mantua ES, Fairfax, “Look Before You Leap”

2nd Place – Mason Mirabile, 4th grade, Discovery ES, Arlington, “Never Too Small”

3rd Place – Eleanor Purugganan, 5th grade, George Mason ES, Alexandria, “An Anxious Day for Rabbit”

HM – Zachary Hou, 3rd grade, Louise Archer ES, Fairfax, “Look Within a Russian Doll”

MIDDLE SCHOOL

1st Place – Brooklynn Aguilar, 6th grade, Sangster ES, Fairfax, “The Beauty of an Eye”

2nd Place – Laylah Graves, 6th grade, Louise Archer ES, Fairfax, “Blossom”

3rd Place (tie) – Olivia Longobardi, 7th grade, George Washington MS, Alexandria, “Riding Is a Journey”

3rd Place (tie) – Eric Chung, 8th grade, Williamsburg MS, Arlington, “Who Are You?”

HIGH SCHOOL

1st Place – Sophie Henry, 9th grade, Thomas A. Edison HS, Fairfax, “Lives of the People” 2nd Place Virginia!

SPECIAL ARTIST

1st Place – Aiden Riley, 9th grade, Thomas A. Edison HS, Fairfax, “Looking Within Me” 1st Place Virginia!

2nd Place – Marcelo Garcia-Rivera, 5th grade, McKinley ES, Arlington, “My Favorite Things”

 

LiteratureLiterature

PRIMARY

1st Place – Siena Femenella, K, Louise Archer ES, Fairfax, “Myself”

2nd Place – Naomi Rosner, 2nd grade, Wolftrap ES, Fairfax, “Inside of You”

3rd Place (tie) – Raya Yellin, 1st grade, Douglas MacArthur ES, Alexandria, “Look In Your Heart”

3rd Place (tie) – Daniel Noonan, 1st grade, Francis Scott Key ES, Arlington, “Homophones Inside”

Director’s Award – Reed Conques, 2nd grade, Cherry Run ES, Fairfax, “When I Look Within My Thoughts”

INTERMEDIATE

1st Place – Heidi Koolmees, 3rd grade, Floris ES, Fairfax, “Lucy Finds Art,” 3rd Place Virginia!

2nd Place – Aya Noori, 4th grade, Sangster ES, Fairfax, “Think Differently”

3rd Place – Ariana Losos, 4th grade, Arlington Science Focus School, Arlington, “Look Within a Photo”

HM – Alice Reynolds, 5th grade, Mt Vernon Community School, Alexandria, “Discovering Yourself”

HM – Nora Islam, 5th grade, Oakview ES, Fairfax, “Find It in You”

MIDDLE SCHOOL

1st Place – Moe Ma Kha Tun, 6th grade, Haycock ES, Fairfax, “We’re Lucky”

2nd Place (tie) – Evelyn Rives, 7th grade, Gunston MS, Arlington, “Comfort Zone”

2nd Place (tie) – Sophia Tzvetanov, 6th grade, Louise Archer ES, Fairfax, “Look Within”

3rd Place (tie) – Emily Brennan, 8th grade, Jefferson-Houston School, Alexandria, “Hercules”

3rd Place (tie) – JoonWon Lee, 6th grade, Oakton ES, Fairfax, “I’m a Man of Many Faces”

HIGH SCHOOL

1st Place – Evelyne Breed, 9th grade, Thomas Jefferson HS for Science & Tech, Fairfax, “Look Within”

2nd Place – Adelaide Loving, 11th grade, Langley HS, Fairfax, “On My Own Two Wheels”

3rd Place – Ioana Vasilcoiu, 10th grade, Mclean HS, Fairfax, “Teenage Turmoil”

HM – Sara Abbas, 11th grade, T.C. Williams HS, Alexandria, “The Unknown”

Director’s Award – Charlotte Papacosma, 9th grade, Wakefield HS, Arlington, “Can’t Do This Alone”

SPECIAL ARTIST

1st Place – Abigail Bryson, 3rd grade, Mantua ES, Fairfax, “Look With Your Heart”

 

Music CompositionMusic Composition

PRIMARY

1st Place – Lucy Houston, 1st grade, Charles Barret ES, Alexandria, “Look With the Light in Your Heart” 3rd Place Virginia!

2nd Place – Charlotte Na, 2nd grade, Nottingham ES, Arlington, “Happy”

3rd Place – Siddharth Prabhu, 2nd grade, Oak Hill ES, Fairfax, “Look Within – You Will Find Music”

INTERMEDIATE

1st Place – Annika Desai, 5th grade, Churchill Road ES, Fairfax, “Rainy Day Thoughts” 2nd Place Virginia!

2nd Place (tie) – Will MacKay, 3rd grade, Douglas MacArthur ES, Alexandria,  “Ripples in the Water”

2nd Place (tie) – Cate Branon, 5th grade, Jamestown ES, Arlington, “Wish You Were Mine”

3rd Place – Charlie Sicard, 3rd grade, Louise Archer ES, Fairfax,  “If You Look You Will Find It”

MIDDLE SCHOOL

1st Place – Juliet Auten, 8th grade, Lake Braddock SS, Fairfax, “Nostalgia”

2nd Place – Clara Crawford, 8th grade, Gunston MS, Arlington, “Look Inside”

3rd Place – Audrey Wampler, 6th grade, Sangster ES, Fairfax, “Delphenium Aurora”

Director’s Award – Lydia Rotkis, 6th grade, George Washington MS, Alexandria, “To Be Heard”

Director’s Award – Sydney Wong, 8th grade, Mark Twain MS, Fairfax, “Searching and Satisfied”

HIGH SCHOOL

1st Place – Jonathan Morgan Petrini, 12th grade, T.C. Williams HS, Alexandria, “The Waltz of the Crystal Tower” Honorable Mention Virginia!

2nd Place (tie) – Alexandra Wong, 12th grade, Hayfield SS, Fairfax, “Hearing the Birds”

2nd Place (tie) – Kevin Davis, 11th grade, Thomas Jefferson HS for Science & Tech, Fairfax, “Waste Land”

3rd Place – Tim Wang, 9th grade, Langley HS, Fairfax, “Recall of My Heart”

HM – Lindsay Glaccum, 9th grade, Yorktown HS, Arlington, “The Magic Mirror”

SPECIAL ARTIST

1st Place – Jacob Woolcock, 3rd grade, Wolftrap ES, Fairfax, “Morning Breeze” 1st Place Virginia!

 

PhotographyPhotography

PRIMARY

1st Place – Riley Zwiselsberger, 2nd grade, Charles Barrett ES, Alexandria,  “Within the Wall of War” 1st Place Virginia!

2nd Place  – Senthur Kannan, 1st grade, McNair ES, Fairfax, “Amazing Water Drop on a Leaf”

3rd Place (tie) – Zara Oberoi, 1st grade, Montessori Public School, Arlington,  “The Many Moods of Zara”

3rd Place (tie) – Gemma Viscomi, 1st grade, Wolftrap ES, Fairfax, “Looking Into Fairy World”

HM – Lily Carroll, 1st grade, Chery Run ES, Fairfax, “The Mirror”

INTERMEDIATE

1st Place – Annika Desai, 5th grade, Churchill Road ES, Fairfax, “Inner Joy”

2nd Place – Ella Engelhardt, 4th grade, Montessori Public School, Arlington, “Reflecting Within”

3rd Place (tie) – Emily Bogle, 5th grade, Wolftrap ES, Fairfax, “Seen Wrong”

3rd Place (tie) – Genevieve Cheng, 3rd grade, Mantua ES, Fairfax, “Look Within Light”

HM – Zoe Corazza, 4th grade, James K. Polk ES, Alexandria, “What’s in the Lunch Box”

MIDDLE SCHOOL

1st Place – Abigail Altenburg, 8th grade, George Washington MS, Alexandria, “Spiraling”

2nd Place – Susannah Cope, 8th grade, Mark Twain MS, Fairfax, “Not Just Junk”

3rd Place (tie) – Anna Brodsky, 6th grade, Dorothy Hamm MS, Arlington, “Eye See Blue”

3rd Place (tie) – Rebecca Daubert, 6th grade, Sangster ES, Fairfax, “Opening Up”

HM – Katie Smith, 6th grade, Laurel Hill ES, Fairfax, “My Path”

HIGH SCHOOL

1st Place – Nathaniel Hendley, 12th grade, T.C. Williams HS, Alexandria, “Inner Visions” 1st Place Virginia!

2nd Place (tie) – Olivia Henry, 12th grade, Hayfield SS, Fairfax, “Through the Looking Glass”

2nd Place (tie) – Catherine Nguyen, 10th grade, Thomas Jefferson HS for Science & Tech, Fairfax, “Look Within Through the Lens”

3rd Place – Mila Sampson, 12th grade, Yorktown HS, Arlington, “Colorful Stare”

HM – Hazel Vineet, 11th grade, Westfield HS, Fairfax, “Inside Out”

SPECIAL ARTIST

1st Place – Charles Nguyen, 9th grade, Lake Braddock SS, Fairfax, “Synapse” 1st Place Virginia!

 

Visual ArtsVisual Arts

PRIMARY

1st Place – Finley Sheers, 2nd grade, Churchill Road ES, Fairfax, “A Look Within Arthritis      3rd Place Virginia!

2nd Place – Amelia Munoz, 1st grade, Louise Archer ES, Fairfax, “An Inventor’s Mind”

3rd Place – Pranamya Jindal, 2nd grade, McNair ES, Fairfax, “Look Within the Effects of Pollution”

HM – Callen Ohlandt, 2nd grade, Cora Kelly ES, Alexandria, “Piano”

HM – Valentina McCoy, K, Montessori Public School, Arlington, “Inside My Heart”

INTERMEDIATE

1st Place – Sasha Shakula, 5th grade, Aldrin ES, Fairfax, “My Universe”            2nd Place Virginia!

2nd Place – Joseph Yoon, 4th grade, Poplar Tree ES, Fairfax, “All Things From My Inside”

3rd Place (tie) – Gemma Walsh, 4th grade, Tuckahoe ES, Arlington, “Welcome to My House”

3rd Place (tie) – Yeeyung Li, 3rd grade, Churchill Road ES, Fairfax, “Footprinted Feelings”

HM – Opshora N. Hannan, 5th grade, Patrick Henry K-8 School, Alexandria, “Look Within Yourself”

MIDDLE SCHOOL

1st Place – Tatiana Fedoseeva, 8th grade, Williamsburg MS, Arlington, “Behind the Mask” 2nd Place Virginia!

2nd Place (tie)   Sydney Eom, 6th grade, White Oaks ES, Fairfax, “Two Negatives Make a Positive”

2nd Place (tie)   Julia Lee, 6th grade, Oakton ES, Fairfax, “Look Into the Future”

3rd Place (tie)   Delina Adhanom, 7th grade, Patrick Henry ES, Alexandria, “Choose Your Ending”

3rd Place (tie)   Vivianne Kim, 7th grade, Lanier MS, Fairfax, “Glimpse of Beauty”

HIGH SCHOOL

1st Place – Katie Jeong, 11th grade, Mclean HS, Fairfax, “Within Mother Nature” 1st Place Virginia!

2nd Place – Maria Marks, 10th grade, Marshall HS, Fairfax, “Happiness Within”

3rd Place – Maria Molchanova, 10th grade, Thomas Jefferson HS for Science & Tech, Fairfax, “Looking Back”

HM – Katherine Milone, 11th grade, T.C. Williams HS, Alexandria, “Everyone’s Fighting”

HM – Madeleine Kenny, 10th grade, Washington-Liberty HS, Arlington, “Headache”

SPECIAL ARTIST

1st Place – Veronica Meza, 2nd grade, James K. Polk ES, Alexandria, “Descendents 3”

2nd Place – Spencer Willmann, 10th grade, Herndon HS, Fairfax, “Owl”

 

T.C. Williams Winners Recognized

Congratulations to all the TC Williams PTA Reflections winners! A ceremony in the front office today honored students who won awards at the school and city level of this year’s contest. The 1st Place winners are now competing in the Northern Va District level contest, with results expected next week. Here are a few photos from the awards program at school this morning.

 

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Here are eight of the TCW Reflections winners (two others couldn’t make it to the awards ceremony). We also have two other VIPs here. On the left is TCW Reflections Chair Luisa Tio, and at lower right is TCW Principal Peter Balas.

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NoVa’s U.S. Winners

NoVa Students Use Art To Explore What It Means To Be Heroic

2018-19 themeSeven Northern Virginia students are national winners in the 2018-19 National PTA Reflections arts contest, after winning first-place awards in every other tier of the multi-level competition.

Throughout Alexandria City, Arlington County, and Fairfax County, K-12 students choreographed dances; made films; wrote poems, stories, and essays; composed music; took photographs; and created paintings, sculptures and multimedia pieces, all based on a theme. At each level of the contest, the top winners advanced to the next level. Northern Virginia’s national winners first won the contests at their own schools, and then took top honors in the city or county contest, the Northern Virginia District contest, and the Virginia state contest.

This year’s contest theme, “Heroes Around Me,” left a lot of scope for personal expression.

 

Anna Chung – Literature

Anna Chung, a sophomore at Fairfax’s Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology, was one of only seven students nationwide to win Reflections’ top honor, the Award for Outstanding Interpretation of Theme. Anna won the award in the Literature category for a poem, “The Helper,” about a girl whose hero is always there for her. “Her grandpa bought her a telescope and put it on the roof for squinting on muggy, firefly nights,” the poem begins. As the girl grows up, she makes mistakes and sometimes gets depressed. But her grandfather is always there to teach and encourage her, and to pull her “back into the light,” until she achieves her goal and flies into space as an astronaut. In her required Artist’s Statement, Anna explains that the story is fictitious, but that “there are special people who always drag me out of my failures and inspire me to fly.”

Link to Anna’s poem here.

 

Riley Zwiselsberger – Photography

Heroes All Around Me (Photo-PRI)

“Heroes All Around Me,”  by Riley Zwiselsberger, 1st grade, Charles Barrett (Primary Photography)

Several winners cited first-responders as their heroes. Alexandria first-grader Riley Zwiselsberger came up with one of the most pertinent interpretations of the theme in his Photography entry, which shows a ring of firefighters looking down at the unseen photographer in the center of the circle.

He explained in his Artist’s Statement that he asked the firefighters to stand in a circle and took the photo while lying on the ground looking up at them. His photo won an Award of Merit (equivalent to a third-place win) in the National contest’s Primary Division. Riley attends Charles Barrett Elementary School.

 

Cecilia Griffith – Literature

Cecilia Griffith - Firefighters Save the DayCherry Run Elementary School second-grader Cecilia Griffith also took first-responders as the topic of her Literature category entry, which won an Award of Merit as well.

The Fairfax student dedicated her poem, “Firefighters Save the Day,” to her father, who is a firefighter. It begins, “There’s a fire I am scared / but I calm down because I know they are there,” and goes on to talk about her trust in the courage and skills of her heroes.

 

 

Benjamin Breaux – Literature

One of the most articulate explorations of the subject came from Benjamin Breaux, a Fairfax County 18-year-old who won a National Award of Excellence (second place) in the Special Artists Division for Literature. He writes about heroes as the people around us who choose to act with kindness and forgiveness rather than hate, and who stand up for what is right. Benjamin, who has autism and communicates by pointing to letters on a letter board, wrote, “I witness my peers in the nonspeaking autistic community bravely – and without hesitation – continually battling against preconceived assumptions about our abilities, our allegiances, our potential, and our desires to be an integral part of society.”

Link to Benjamin’s entry here.

 

Mason Mirabile – Film Production

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“Through Your Eyes” (still shot), a film by Mason Mirabile, 3rd grade, Discovery ES, Arlington

Another student whose work celebrates the heroism of ordinary people is Mason Mirabile, a third-grader at Discovery Elementary in Arlington. His film, “Through Your Eyes,” won an Award of Excellence.

Mason’s highly original four-minute movie was filmed using black and white, low camera angles, and intentionally blurry footage, as if seen through the eyes of Mason’s newborn baby brother. The film shows Mason and his parents playing with the baby and taking care of him, all from the infant’s perspective. “His family are heroes to him even if he doesn’t know it,” Mason explains in his Artist’s Statement. “We are his heroes because we change diapers, feed him, play with him, read to him and hold him…. One day he can watch it and see how much work he was, and how much we loved him.”

Watch Mason’s film here:

 

Music Composition is one of the most difficult categories for articulating an interpretation of the theme, especially if the music is instrumental. Two Northern Virginia students overcame that obstacle and won National Awards of Merit, one at the High School level and one in the Primary Division.

 

Jonathan Morgan Petrini – Music Composition

Jonathan Morgan Petrini, a junior at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, composed a piece called “Kaleidoscope” for string quartet. “Bach and Beethoven created art that makes people feel and think, art that has inspired us for generations; to me, they are heroes,” he says in his Artist’s Statement. “Recently I had the opportunity to compose for professional musicians. To hear my work brought to life was inspiring; to a composer, musicians can be heroes.”

Listen to a string quartet performing Jonathan’s composition:

 

Madison McBeth – Music Composition

MaddieMadison McBeth, an Arlington second-grader, calls her piano composition, “Clouds of Heroes’ Faces,” and was inspired by the shapes of clouds. “I was thinking of clouds with faces of heroes,” she explains. “And the song feels like there are a bunch of brave heroes flying around.” Madison attends Arlington Montessori School.

Listen to Madison performing her composition here.

 

50 Years of Reflections

Entries at every level of the National PTA contest are evaluated by judges who are experts in the arts categories they’re judging: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts. In each category, entries are separated into the grade-level and Special Artist divisions, and are judged on three criteria: Creativity, Technique, and Interpretation of the Contest Theme.

This is the fiftieth year of the popular National contest, which draws more than 300,000 entries from around the nation, from about 5,000 PTAs. National award winners will be honored June 22 at the National PTA Convention and Expo in Columbus, Ohio.

Next year’s theme: “Look Within.”

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ACPS Students Win National Acclaim!

The National PTA announced the results of the national level of the Reflections contest today, and two of the winners are ACPS students! Both students have won Awards of Merit, which is a 3rd Place national award.

Our two winners stand near both ends of the age spectrum; one is 1st grader, and the other is a high-school junior. Their categories: Photography and Music Composition.

 

A 1st Grader With a Unique Perspective

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“Heroes All Around Me,”  by Riley Zwiselsberger, 1st grade, Charles Barrett (Primary Photography)

Riley Zwiselsberger, a 1st grader at Charles Barrett, won in the Photography category (primary division) for a photo called “Heroes All Around Me.”

Many entrants submitted photographs of firefighters, but Riley came up with the unique concept: he lay on the ground, facing up, with a circle of firefighters standing around him, looking down at him and his camera!

He said he’d already known that firefighters save lives. But visiting the station and spending time with his heroes during the photo shoot made him realize that they do much more than that.

“Fire fighters are heroes because they save lives,” Riley wrote in his Artist’s Statement. “I realized … they are also heroes because they love to teach and help people too. They spent so much time with us and made me laugh too!”

 

A High School Composer’s Inspiration

Jonathan Morgan Petrini, a junior at T.C. Williams, is Alexandria’s other national winner, for his entry in the Music Composition category (high-school division). His classical piece, “Kaleidoscope,” was written for string quartet.

In his Artist’s Statement, Jonathan said that composers such as Bach and Beethoven are heroes because they created art that has inspired generations, art that makes people feel and think.

He also described what it was like to compose the piece and hear it performed while attending the High School Composition Intensive program at Boston Conservatory/Berklee. “To hear my work brought to life was inspiring; to a composer, musicians can be heroes.” He calls the piece “Kaleidoscope” because, “like art, a kaleidoscope reflects reality and transforms it. In this piece, the melody (beginning with the first violin) is reflected and transformed by the other instruments, rotating like shifting colors in a kaleidoscope.”

This is Jonathan’s second National win. He was honored with a National Award of Excellence in 2015-16, also for a Music Composition entry.

Watch a video of his piece being performed below, or listen to the audio version here: Kaleidoscope (audio only)

 

Winners Five Times Over

Because Reflections is a multi-level competition, both entrants had already won 1st Place awards earlier in the 2018-19 school year in the contests for their schools, the Alexandria PTA Council, The Northern Virginia PTA District, and the Virginia State PTA, before their entries were advanced to the National contest.

Each year, about 300,000 students nationwide create artwork in six different arts categories to compete in the national PTA Reflections program. This year, only 205 students were honored with National awards.

This was the program’s 50th anniversary year.

 

Virginia State Results Are In!

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“Heroes All Around Me,”  by Riley Zwiselsberger, 1st grade, Charles Barrett (Primary Photography). 1st Place Virginia State Winner for 2018-19!

Five Alexandria students have won awards in the Virginia state Reflections contest, with two of them advancing to the national level of competition!

Photography and Visual Arts’ winners entries are reproduced here. To see and hear the winning entries for Music Composition and Film Production, click on the link after each student’s name.

National results will be announced in a May 1 PTA Live broadcast via the National PTA Facebook page, with national awards being presented in June at the National PTA Convention & Expo in Columbus Ohio.

 

Alexandria’s Virginia State Award Winners

1st-Place State Winners

At the state and national level, 1st Place recognition is called the Award for Outstanding Interpretation of Theme. These students have earned top honors in the Virginia competition and are now competing in the National Reflections contest:

 

Jonathan Morgan Petrini, 11th grade, T.C. Williams, “Kaleidoscope” (Music Composition, High School) – click here to listen to the entry.

Riley Zwiselsberger, 1st grade, Charles Barrett, “Heroes All Around Me” (Photography, Primary)

 

Third-Place State Winners (Awards of Merit):

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“Unconditional Love,” by Claudia Pareja, 12th grade, TC Williams (High School Photography) 3rd Place Virginia State Winner for 2018-19!

Eliza Gwin, 7th grade, George Washington, “We Are Heroes” (Film Production, Middle School) Click here to view the entry.

 

Claudia Pareja, 12th grade, T.C. Williams, “Unconditional Love” (Photography, High School)

 

 

State Honorable Mention:

Nathalie Garza, 2nd grade, James Polk, “My Parents Are My Heroes” (Visual Arts, Special Artist)

Congratulations to all of our state winners, and best of luck to Jonathan and Riley in the national level of competition!

 

1st Place Nathalie Garza, James Polk, My Parents Are My Heroes

“My Parents Are Heroes,” by Nathalie Garza, 2nd grade, James Polk (Visual Arts, Special Artists). Virginia State Honorable Mention for 2018-19!

 

 

 

Alexandria Students are NoVa Reflections Heroes!

Alex Winners Competing in Va Contest 2018-19The judges have finished evaluating the entries, and the Northern Virginia District Reflections results are out.

Alexandria students have made a heroic showing, with 21 Alexandria entries earning awards at the NoVa District level, and 6 students advancing to the state contest!

More Reflections Facts:

  • Out of 13 ACPS schools that took part in Alexandria Reflections, 9 have NoVa winners!
  • The Alexandria schools with the most NoVa winners are Jefferson-Houston and T.C. Williams. Both have 4 NoVa winners. And TCW is the only ACPS school with 2 students competing in the Virginia state contest.
  • Alexandria’s youngest NoVa winner is Charlotte Dines (Dance), a kindergartner at MacArthur. The oldest is Claudia Pareja (Photography), a senior at TC Williams.
  • Saha Irwin of Jefferson-Houston has won District awards in TWO categories, Dance and Visual Arts; her Visual Arts entry has been advanced to the state!
  • For the first time ever, Alexandria has a student competing at the state level in the Special Artists division. Nathalie Garza, a 1st grader at Polk, entered in the Visual Arts category.
  • Judges at the City and the District level included, among others, a retired high school band director, the head of a college music department, a former Warner Brothers movie studio executive, the leader of a dance program, and several published authors.
  • The Alexandria Reflections Awards Program & Art Show Opening is Friday, March 22, at the Durant Arts Center. The reception begins at 6:30; the program begins at 7:00. All students who competed at the city level will be honored, not just those who won awards. It’s free and open to the public. Stay tuned for details!

 

 

 

 

What Do You Stand For? PTA Student Essay Deadline Nears

by Claudia Martino, TC Williams (VisArts-HS)

By Claudia Martino, 9th grade, TC Williams

The Virginia PTA is committed to promoting a sense of citizenship and responsibility in our future leaders. To that end, Virginia K-12 students at schools with PTAs are eligible to enter the Citizenship Essay Contest. The deadline is quickly approaching: entries are due February 1.

This year’s theme: “What Do I Stand For?”

Winners will receive cash prizes and will be featured in PTA publications. Download the application packet below, and read the rules and submission instructions carefully. Best of luck to our Northern Virginia students!

 

2019 Citizenship Essay Application

Hammond Reflections Entrant Wins City’s Parks & Rec Photo Contest

Molly at Chinquapin Garden

“Molly at Chinquapin Garden,” by Daniel Dawit, Hammond MS, was honored by the Alexandria Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Activities

City Reflections entries are still being judged, but a 6th-grade Reflections entrant has just been announced as the winner of a different competition, a photography contest run by Alexandria’s Parks and Recreation Department.

Daniel Dawit, a student at Francis Hammond Middle School, took top honors in the Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities photography contest, being named Best Overall Winner as well as winning the Recreation category of the contest. His photograph, “Molly at Chinquapin Garden,” was not one of his entries in the city’s Reflections contest.

He wins $250 in gift certificates from Alexandria RPCA.

Congratulations to Daniel! And good luck to him and all of our entrants in the city Reflections contest!

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