Student artist Emma Liu at Urbana Middle School is one of only seven to win a National PTA Reflections Program Outstanding Interpretations Award for 2016-2017. Her award comes with an expenses-paid trip to the PTA Convention and Expo next month in Las Vegas. She also receives an invitation to the U.S. Department of Education for a ceremony and showcase exhibition, a medallion and certificate, and an $800 scholarship.
Tens of thousands of students in schools nationwide and in U.S. schools overseas submitted original works for consideration in this year’s contest for PTA’s highest honors in the arts. The local PTA receives $200 to support arts and culture in Frederick County.
Each year, the National PTA Reflections Program encourages students of all ages to explore the arts. The National PTA and PTAs across the country encouraged students in preschool through grade 12 to create and submit original works of art in the medium of their choice—dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography or visual arts—that reflect on the annual theme. This year’s theme was “What Is Your Story?”
“Participation in the arts is essential to students’ academic achievement and social and emotional development,” said National PTA President Laura Bay. “The arts inspire creativity and self-expression and help build children’s confidence and sense of accomplishment.”
“For nearly 50 years, the National PTA Reflections program has been bringing the arts to life for millions of students across the country,” added Nathan R. Monell, CAE, National PTA executive director. “National PTA remains committed to the importance of arts in education, and continues to work to ensure all students have access to art programs and classes in their schools and communities.”
See a video of the FCPS Prize Patrol surprising Emma with news of her award: https://youtu.be/a1hhAMJ357c