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3 Kenmore students win state awards in Cultural Arts program

The Washington State PTA announced that three students from Kenmore are award winners in the Washington State PTA Reflections Cultural Arts program.

This year’s Reflections program challenged students from kindergarten through 12th grade to create and share art inspired by the theme, “I can make a difference by ...” More than 15,000 students from 442 schools created artworks in one of six media: literature, visual arts, photography, musical composition, film/video and dance/choreography. The award winners from Kenmore include:

• Mathini Mohan of Inglemoor High PTSA was selected as the Outstanding Interpretation winner of the senior high literature. Mohan’s essay is titled “Reassuring Words Make a Difference.”

• Ian O’Connell of Moorlands PTA was selected as the Outstanding Interpretation winner of the primary literature category. O’Connell’s essay is untitled.

• Cody Meyer of Moorlands PTA was selected as one of five intermediate film/video Award of Excellence winners. Meyer’s piece was titled “Make the World a Better Place.”

The Reflections Committee, chaired by Maureen Monson of Renton, and the 41 judges collectively donated more than 500 volunteer hours in support of the program. These numbers do not count the thousands of volunteer hours given to the program at the local and council levels of the program.

“Because of PTA’s strong commitment to Reflections, we will continue to give thousands of children the chance to participate in the arts and to be recognized as artists,” said Maureen Monson, Washington State PTA Reflections chair. “We are proud to give children this opportunity and grateful to the many volunteers who make Reflections happen each year. We hope to have even more participants in next year’s program, the theme for which will be ‘Wow!’”

The Reflections program is sponsored by the National PTA, headquartered in Chicago. Eight students from Washington were recognized at the national level and will have their artworks presented at the upcoming National PTA Convention in San Diego.

For a complete list of all the Washington State PTA Reflections winners, go to http://www.wastatepta.org/programs/Reflections/reflections_winners2008.htm.

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