Lee’s Summit R-7 School District students participated in PTA Reflections, a national arts in education recognition program. Through their schools and PTAs/PTSAs, students submitted creative works inspired by the 2012–2013 Reflections Program theme, “The Magic of A Moment.”
For more than 40 years, the national PTA Reflections Program has encouraged students across the nation and in American schools overseas to explore their artistic talents. PTA believes that all children deserve a quality arts education and encourages students to pursue artistic expression through participation in the annual Reflections Program.
Students in preschool through 12th grade are invited to create and submit works of art in the areas of dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography and the visual arts.
The winners at the school level were submitted to Missouri PTA for judging competition.
Nationally, two Lee’s Summit R-7 students were recognized with National Awards of Merit. Jaci Herron, 10th grade at Lee’s Summit High School in the Film Production category, and Ethan Godfey, first-grader at Richardson Elementary in the Musical Composition category, both received the national honors. These students receive a silver-plated medallion, a letter and a certificate signed by the National PTA president and recognition in the National PTA online gallery
R-7 students placing at state in the dance choreography division include primary grade category honorable mention to Kaylee King, third grade at Prairie View Elementary; and middle/junior category fourth place to Maryn White, sixth grade at Cedar Creek Elementary. Winner in the film/video division was senior category first place to Jaci Herron, 10th grade at Lee’s Summit High School.
Local students winning in the literature division were primary grade category second place to Braeden Thomas, second grade at Hazel Grove Elementary; primary category fourth place to Kameryn Meisenheimer, first grade at Richardson Elementary; primary honorable mention to Leila Potocnik, first grade at Underwood Elementary; intermediate grade category second place to Tatiana Rosalia Plowman, fifth grade at Westview Elementary; intermediate honorable mention to Kelbi Meisenheimer, third grade at Richardson Elementary; middle/junior grade category third place to Christian Mesias, seventh grade at Bernard Campbell Middle School; senior category, second place to Libby Wilson, 11th grade at LSHS; and senior category fifth place to Amelia Gooch, 11th Grade at LSHS.
In the music composition division, Lee’s Summit R-7 winners were primary category first place to Ethan Godfrey, first grade at Richardson Elementary; primary third place to Brendan Holderman, second Grade at Greenwood Elementary; intermediate second place to Annika Tsay, third grade at Cedar Creek Elementary; middle/junior category honorable mention to Stephanie Cok, sixth grade at Cedar Creek Elementary.
Photography state winners included intermediate grade category first place to Maryn Curnett, third grade at Sunset Valley Elementary; intermediate second place to Alexis Jones, third grade at Highland Park Elementary; middle/junior first place to Cori Corrado, sixth grade at Hazel Grove Elementary; middle/junior honorable mention to Lauren Holderman, sixth grade at Greenwood Elementary; and senior category second place to Joe VanCil, 12th grade at LSHS; senior third place to Austin Jones, 10th Grade at LSHS.
Visual arts state winners were middle/junior honorable mention to Seth Keep, sixth grade at Longview Elementary; and senior honorable mention to Lauren Engeman, 10th grade at Lee’s Summit North High School.
These student winners and their submissions were recognized at the State Reflections Showcase, held April 27 at Rock Bridge High School in Columbia. First-place winners advanced to the national level for judging.
For more information about the Reflections program, parents may contact their school’s PTA president. The program is made possible thanks to numerous volunteers. Theme for 2013-2014 is Believe, Dream, Inspire.