2016-17 Kentucky PTA Reflections Winners

Each year, the National PTA Reflections program offers local, regional, state and national opportunities for young artists in PreK through Grade 12 to be recognized for their creativity in the areas of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and the visual arts. This year’s theme was What Is Your Story?. See our prior post / photo gallery of the school level winners or the video announcement on Manual AM (starts at ~6 minute mark).

Fifteen Manual students received awards at the 15th District PTA Reflections ceremony in December, and the students listed below were recognized at the state level by the Kentucky PTA for their submissions. Alexandria Kinard’s entry was selected to advance to the national level. Click here to view the national winners from the 2016-17 school year.

Akwelle Quaye Youth’s Snapshots High School Literature
Alexandria Kinard Life Behind a Number High School Dance
Jamia Croft My Story is His Story High School Dance
India Smith Recipe for my Story High School Film
Gabrial Smith My life:  An Interview Special Artist Film
Ryan Kline The Rubik Perspective High School Photography
Alyssa Brand Missing Pieces Special Artist Photography
Morgan Betsill Scraps High School Visual Arts


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Project Graduation Planning Underway, Volunteers Needed

Seniors and parents of seniors – don’t plan anything for graduation night! JCPS hasn’t set the date yet, but we want to get the word out about this awesome all night party on graduation night. This is a free party for all graduating seniors and is the last time the graduating class will all be together. The budget for the event is $18,000 and is totally free to the students! We do need lots of help and donations to make this party a success, so please think about getting involved in some way. You can learn more about the event here.

The Project Graduation Committee could use some help with the following positions:

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2016 dMHS PTSA Reflections Award Winners

Thank you to all of our students who participated in the PTSA Reflections Program. There were so many high quality submissions this year, our judges had a very difficult time selecting the school level award winners and those entries that will move on to the district level.

Entries were judged by volunteer experts from the community who came in on 10/18/16 and scored each of the entries according to a rubric. Entries were separated (and given awards) by grade and by category. The arts categories are as follows:  literature, photography, dance choreography, film production, music composition and visual arts. There is also a separate section for special artists (our ECE students). We had a total of  40 entries that won awards:  Creative Interpretation (CI) – 17, Award of Excellence (AE) – 17, and Award of Merit (AM) – 6.  Only one CI entry was allowed per category/grade (district rules). 

Congratulations to the following winners:

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2016-17 PTA Reflections theme: What Is Your Story?

Reflections Poster

Reflections is a cultural arts program established by the National PTA in 1968. It is open to any student and no experience is required. Choose one or more arts category that you are interested in (literature, musical composition, visual arts, photography, dance choreography, or film production), create an original piece of artwork based on the … Read more2016-17 PTA Reflections theme: What Is Your Story?