22 Students Advance in PTSA Reflections Art Competition
Each year, hundreds of Riverview students compete in the annual PTA Reflections arts competition, crafting a diverse and innovative series of art pieces tied together by a common theme. This year, students submitted work inspired by the theme “Heroes Around Me” for consideration, initially at the individual school level, and, if earning a qualifying score from judges, at the district-level competition.
On January 11, 2019, the Riverview PTSA Council hosted the Council Reflections Gala, recognizing all district-level competitors and announcing the 22 students who received “Outstanding Interpretation of the Theme Awards” ribbons. For those 22 students, they will advance to the state-level Reflections event this coming spring, representing almost every school site in the district.
Students created art in the categories of Dance, Film, Literature, Music, Photography, and Visual Arts. In the fall, committee chairs at each school utilized community members and local experts to evaluate and score the student submissions. Once scores were tabulated, winners from each school site advanced to the district competition. This year, more than 90 pieces were considered for the district-level competition.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the National PTA Reflections program is PTA's cornerstone arts program. It was developed in 1969 by Mary Lou Anderson, a PTA president from Colorado. Anderson’s vision was to encourage students to explore their talents and express themselves in a variety of unique and distinctive ways. Each year, across the nation, students in Grades Pre-K through 12 are recognized for bringing the specific year's theme to life.
New this year, students who have advanced to the Council competition will have their artwork available via the secure website Artsonia, where friends and family can purchase images of the artwork on items as varied as mugs, cards, and other materials. All funds from the sale of Reflections-inspired merchandise will go towards supporting Riverview PTSA Council programs. More information is available at www.artsonia.com.
The names of the state finalists from the Riverview School District are listed below.
Congratulations to all the students who participated and received recognition in this year's Reflections competition.
Julianna White, Tolt Middle School
Abby Elmer, Cherry Valley Elementary
James Glover, Carnation Elementary
Kai Quaale, Carnation Elementary
Benjamin Glover, Carnation Elementary
Sophie Gunter, Carnation Elementary
Brooklyn Taylor, Stillwater Elementary
Jayden Tierney, Tolt Middle School
Wes Bergman, Carnation Elementary
Brooke Gill, Stillwater Elementary
Leo Richenberg, Eagle Rock Multi-Age Program
Greta Garland, Riverview Learning Center
Mason Long, Riverview Learning Center
Sophie Martinez Concha, Carnation Elementary
Laila Wetherbee, Eagle Rock Multi-Age Program
VISUAL ARTS FINALISTS:
Samantha Benisch, Tolt Middle School
Jackson Culbertson, Carnation Elementary
Anja Eckberg, Cherry Valley Elementary
Eloise Hart, Tolt Middle School
Tyler Ingram, Tolt Middle School
Kyle Watson, Carnation Elementary
Alexa Weisgerber, Carnation Elementary