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South students place in PTA Reflections program

Elizabeth Anderson, left, and Ryan Orth to home first place awards in the PTA Reflections program.

Four students at South Elementary School in West Fargo have placed at the state level with the first place winners advancing to the national level of the PTA Reflections Program.

The 2013 State PTA Reflections Celebration was held on Monday, April 8 at the Plains Art Museum with Steve Stark the special guest artist. The theme for this year's competition was "The Magic of a Moment."

The National PTA Reflections program is the PTA's cornerstone arts program. It was developed in 1969 by Colorado's PTA President Mary Lou Anderson to encourage students to explore their talents and express themselves. Since then, the Reflections Program has inspired millions of students to reflect on a specific theme and create original artwork. Each year, students in Grades Pre-K through 12 are recognized for bringing the theme to life through dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts.

Winning students in the intermediate division of this years celebration included: Elizabeth Anderson, fourth grade, first place in Photography for Go Bison; Ryan Orth, fifth grade, first place in Literature for Journey to Jathiba and a first place in Musical Composition for Snowfall; Lauren Steinhauer, fourth grade, second place in Dance for Dancing is When I Feel the Magic of a Moment; and Ashley Johnson, fifth grade, third place in Dance for When Can I See You Again?

All students were given the opportunity to participate in the program, choosing to enter in any category and completing all the work by themselves.

Fourteen other South Elementary students participated in the PTA Reflections program: Myah Lund, Raoul Akhatou, Colin Orth, Amanda Heidorn, Rishab Advani, Bryer Moody, Elvin Fofanah, Ellie Eckart, Breanna Lund, Kianna Neeb, Allie Anderson, Laiken Sturn, Fardosa Hassan and Emily Klaman.

All eighteen students will be recognized at the South Elementary Awards Celebration later this spring.

The South students will not be attending the nationals unless they win an Outstanding Interpretation Award. The national PTA notifies recipients of this award and then coordinates their travel to the National PTA Convention where they are recognized. The National PTA mails certificates to students who receive Awards of Excellence and Awards of Merit at the end of July following the national convention.

The theme for the 2013-14 program is Believe, Dream, Inspire.