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National PTA Announces 2012 Reflections Award Recipients

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National PTA Announces 2012 Reflections Award Recipients

More than 40 Years of Leading Nation in Arts Education

ALEXANDRIA, VA. (May 8, 2012)—While a recent report by the National Center for Education Statistics showed that many states are cutting their support for the arts in schools, one factor has remained constant in America for more than 40 years: National PTA’s® Reflections Program SM each year provides opportunities for students to explore and express themselves through the arts and receive positive recognition for their efforts and achievements.

That’s why National PTA is proud to announce the 2011-2012 Reflections Outstanding Interpretation Award winners in six arts categories, along with 188  other Awards of Excellence and Merit. The Reflections Program has served tens of millions of children since its inception and is one of the country’s oldest and largest arts recognition programs.

Winners were chosen from hundreds of thousands of submissions from students across the nation and in European schools serving military families who participated in this year’s program, themed “Diversity Means…”

“Research shows that the arts contribute to creative thinking, emotional resiliency, problem-solving, as well as other important 21st century skills which, in turn, result in better attendance, higher test scores and higher graduation rates. We are extremely proud of our Reflections Program.  For more than 40 years this arts program has given children the opportunity to express themselves creatively and be recognized for it,” said National PTA President Betsy Landers.

The six students will be recognized during a special ceremony at the 116th Annual National PTA Convention and Exhibition in June in San Jose, Calif. They also will receive a certificate, medallion, and $800 for their winning entry. A special award of $200 will be granted to each outstanding winner’s local PTA.

The national Outstanding Interpretation Award Recipients are: 

  • Dance Choreography
    Racquel Charles
    “True Colors”
    Sequoyah High School PTSA
    Canton, Georgia
  • Film Production
    Ansel Lapier
    “The Quest”
    Liberty Lake Elementary PTSA
    Liberty Lake, Washington
  • Literature
    Melanie Mignucci
    “Es La Lluvia Que Le Molesta”
    Staples High School PTA
    Westport, Connecticut
  • Musical Composition
    Polly Moser
    “The Flow of Water”
    Burleigh Manor Middle School PTA
    Ellicott City, Maryland
  • Photography
    Kobie Dawn Long
    “Scrambled Students”
    Hubbell Elementary PTA
    Des Moines, Iowa
  • Visual Arts
    Emily Lam
    “Diversity Means Harmony in the World”
    SKA Academy PTSA
    Duluth, Georgia

The association also recognizes 72 students with Awards of Excellence and 116 students with Awards of Merit across four grade divisions—primary, intermediate, middle/junior, and senior—in six arts categories—dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography, and visual arts. A complete list of winners is available at Their artwork will be showcased in a virtual PTA Reflections gallery that will be live later this year.


About National PTA

National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.

About the Reflections Program

In its more than 40-year history, the Reflections Program has encouraged millions of 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 its annual Reflections Program. The program offers students the opportunity to create works of art for fun and recognition. Students in preschool through grade 12 are encouraged to submit works of art in six arts areas: dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography, and the visual arts (which include art forms such as drawing, painting, printmaking, and collage). For more information about the National PTA Reflections® program, please visit