Twenty Westerville City Schools Students Place at State Reflections Competition

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Of 58 Westerville City School District winners who advanced to PTA’s State Reflections Competition, 20 walked away with honors and three will advance to the national contest.  Earning Awards of Excellence at the State level and advancing to nationals are Whittier Elementary School’s Grady Hogan, Primary Division, Dance Choreography; Robert Frost’s Alex Ceresa, Primary Division, Literature; and Mark Twain’s Kinsley Reese, Intermediate Division, Music Composition.  The Westerville City Schools Board of Education will recognize these 20 students on April 24. 

Westerville Parent Council once again hosted the 2016-2017 PTA Reflections ceremony this year, recognizing student achievement in literature, music, dance, film/video production, photography and visual arts.  The theme was “What Is Your Story?”  

Achieving State-level accolades in Dance Choreography were Claire Hageman, Mark Twain, Award of Outstanding Achievement; Gracen Hunley, Mark Twain, Award of Merit; Alicia Keenan, Emerson, Honorable Mention; and Adelaide Aultman, Emerson, Honorable Mention. 

Film production honorees were Asher Conklin, Cherrington, Honorable Mention; Ben Cardoza, Mark Twain, Honorable Mention; James Scarbrough, Mark Twain, Award of Merit; and Ambar Loya Sotomayor, Emerson, Honorable Mention.

In the Literature category, State accolades went to Belise Brown, Wilder, Honorable Mention; Sammy Gurgiolo, Emerson, Award of Outstanding Achievement; and Kimberlee Welch, Heritage, Honorable Mention.

Music composition honors were earned by Tessa Aultman, Hanby, Award of Outstanding Achievement; Evie Lahoda, Whittier, Honorable Mention; and Daniel Hager, Walnut Springs, Award of Outstanding Achievement.

In the Photography category, Lily Vennemeyer, Robert Frost, earned an Award of Merit; and Milla Wright, Whittier, received Honorable Mention.

Alaina McComb, Robert Frost, walked away with an Award of Outstanding Achievement in the Visual Arts category. 

This year, 182 students from 13 Westerville schools participated in Reflections, with? 139 entries advancing to the district competition.  From that pool, 79 district level winners were honored – 27 from the primary division (grades K-2); 32 from the intermediate division (grades 3-5); and 20 from the middle division (grades 6-8).  Fifty-?eight district winners advanced to the State competition.  Program chair Jill French organized the event for Westerville Parent Council, which serves as the sponsor for Reflections at the district level. 

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