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21 Students Qualify for PTSA State Reflections Art Competition, Every Riverview School Represented!

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 “Within Reach” for consideration, initially at the individual school level, and, if earning a qualifying score from judges, at the district-level competition.

On January 5, 2018, the Riverview PTSA Council, in coordination with program sponsors, Olympic Ribbon, EF Prints, and the Riverview School District, hosted the Council Reflections Gala, recognizing all district-level competitors and announcing the 21 students who received finalist ribbons. For those 21 students, they will advance to the state-level Reflections event this coming spring, representing every school site in the district.

Students created art in the categories of Dance, Film, Literature, Music, Photography, and Visual Arts – both in 2D and 3D categories. 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, nearly 70 pieces were considered for the district-level competition.

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. For the 2017-18 competition, 3D Visual Arts was offered in the Reflections program for the first time.

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.

To see a photo album from the awards gala, with students represented by school, please click here!

DANCE FINALISTS:

Lily O’Dell, Eye of the Tiger, Carnation Elementary
Maile Salois, Reach for the Stars, Carnation Elementary
Julianna White, Reach for Your Dreams, Tolt Middle School

FILM FINALISTS:

Kai Quaale, Fluffy Slime, Carnation Elementary
Samantha Nagy, Within Reach, Cherry Valley Elementary
David Humbert, Biking Film, Cedarcrest High School

LITERATURE FINALISTS:

Myla Alsman, I Have a Dream Too, Eagle Rock Multi-Age Program
Kaylee Scott, The Moon Landing, Carnation Elementary
Chloe Berry, Scythe, Tolt Middle School

MUSIC FINALIST:

Brooke Gill, Don’t Lose Your Hope, Stillwater Elementary

PHOTOGRAPHY FINALISTS:

Wes Bergman, The Next Level is Within Reach, Carnation Elementary
Kaylee Scott, Reach for Your Future, Carnation Elementary
Charlotte Locke, Wild Willy and the Plump Peach, Tolt Middle School
Mikaela White, A Pointe in the Right Direction, Cedarcrest High School

SPECIAL ARTIST FINALIST - VISUAL ARTS:

Tucker Crossland, Art Within Reach, Tolt Middle School

VISUAL ARTS 2D FINALISTS:
Evelyn Besmer, Dreams, Cherry Valley Elementary
Haylie Boshart, Every Season Within Reach, Cherry Valley Elementary
Aleea Piel, Solitude, Tolt Middle School
Elli-Aliisa Viljamaa, Light in the Dark, Cedarcrest High School

VISUAL ARTS 3D FINALISTS:

Lucy Linz, New Journeys, Make New Explorers, Stillwater Elementary
Douglas Moore, Love Within My Reach, Riverview Learning Center