State qualifier Katherine Millman's       State qualifier Rachel Daso's "Leaf Your
 "The Eye of Diversity"                         Differences Aside"

Lakewood’s students creativity and imagination were celebrated at the annual Lakewood PTA Council Reflections Ceremony, held Jan. 31 at the Civic Auditorium. One hundred thirty-nine works by 125 students from preschool through high school were honored and 24 students’ works were chosen to move on to the state PTA judging.

The ceremony offered the young artists a chance to be recognized and congratulated by the superintendent, Board of Education members and City Council members and other city leaders. Guest speaker Linda Goik, owner of the Local Girl Gallery in Lakewood, urged the students to “be creative, be curious, and add a little splash of color into one another’s life.”

The program offers students from schools with active PTAs the opportunity to create works of art for fun and recognition. Students in preschool through grade 12 are encouraged to submit works in six arts areas: literature, dance choreography, film/video production, musical composition, photography, and the visual arts. All entries must follow a chosen theme, which this year was “Diversity Means…”

Of the nearly 200 works entered districtwide, 139 were chosen to be recognized at the district level at the ceremony. Each school can send up to 24 entries to district level. Among works chosen for district-level recognition, the highest scoring 24 works as deemed by a panel of nine judges evaluating on artistic merit, creativity and interpretation of the theme, move on to Columbus to compete with students’ work from around the state.

In its more than 40-year history, the Reflections program has encouraged thousands of students to explore their artistic talents. The Reflections program helps parents recognize and encourage the continuous self-discovery process of their children and provides opportunities for students to express themselves and to receive positive recognition for their artistic efforts.

Congratulations to all of Lakewood’s talented artists!


Early Childhood PTA:
Charlie Payne (K), visual arts
Grant Elementary
Abigail Allio (5th), visual arts
Olivia Vuyancih (4th), visual arts

Harrison Elementary
Isabelle Bray (3rd), visual arts
Rania Elkhatib (4th), visual arts
Jessica Haklaj (4th), visual arts
Bailey McReynolds (4th), visual arts

Horace Mann Elementary
Maya George (3rd), visual arts
Alexandra Horton (1st), visual arts
Erin McHugh (3rd), literature
Cecilia Miller (1st), visual arts
Helen Miller (K), visual arts
Simon Miller (2nd), visual arts

Lincoln Elementary
Marisa Campbell (5th), visual arts & photography

Garfield Middle School
Elizabeth Skourlis (6th), visual arts

Harding Middle School
Paula Atfield (8th), literature
Rodrigo Corrigan (8th), literature
Matthew Dailey (6th), photography
Rachel Daso (7th), photography
Alex Grunder (8th), literature
Stephanie Harkenrider (8th), literature

Lakewood High School
Renee Klann (9th), literature
Katherine Millman (11th), visual arts
Gregory Watson (9th), music

 For a list of all district level winners, click here

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