Nine Lake Washington School District Students Receive WSPTA Art Awards; Two Win at National PTA Competition

Out of more than 1000 entries from across the state, nine Lake Washington School District (LWSD) students have been honored by the Washington State PTA (WSPTA) for achievement in this year’s PTA Reflections Arts in Education program.  Four of these entries were advanced to the National PTA, where nearly 300,000 entries were received from across the United States.  Of these four, two LWSD students received awards from the National PTA.  Priti Godhuly Das received an Award of Excellence (2nd place) and Meha Shah received an Award of Merit (3rd place).

These awards honor each student’s imagination, creativity and interpretation of the theme “The World Would Be a Better Place If...”

“We congratulate all of the students who participated this year.  As always, we are in awe of their talent,” said Caroline Eclipse, LWPTSA Reflections Co-Chairperson.  “Our students covered such important topics as bullying, environmental issues, and achieving world peace through acceptance of each other’s differences.  Through their work, they showed us that they are concerned, yet hopeful about our world.”

Washington State PTA award winners were honored at the Washington State PTA Convention in April.  National PTA award winners will be honored in June 2015 at the National PTA Convention in Charlotte, NC.


WSPTA and National PTA Reflections Award Winners from LWSD

Priti Godhuly Das, Inglewood Middle School
A Million Squares But One World
WSPTA Outstanding Interpretation Award in Visual Arts (Middle School Division)
National PTA Award of Excellence

Meha Shah, Smith Elementary
The World Would Be a Better Place If Everyone Gets a Basic Education, 
WSPTA Outstanding Interpretation Award in Visual Arts (Intermediate Division)
National PTA Award of Merit

Aditya Ramanathan, Tesla/STEM High School
Ideals
WSPTA Outstanding Interpretation Award in Music Composition (High School Division)
National PTA Competition Participant

Aiden Grieb, Kirkland Middle School
A Home for Everyone
WSPTA Outstanding Interpretation Award in Visual Arts (Special Artist Division)
National PTA Competition Participant

Rowan Villanueva, Rose Hill Middle School
A Bruised Little Girl
WSPTA Award of Excellence in Literature (Middle School Division)

Adrian Shin-Nian Pang, Tesla/STEM High School
Cheers and Song
WSPTA Award of Excellence in Music Composition (High School Division)

Shany Pauker, Audubon Elementary
Reduce, Reuse, Save and Recycle
WSPTA Award of Merit in Film (Intermediate Division)

Ava Olson, Dickinson Elementary
Appreciating What is Around Us
WSPTA Award of Merit in Film (Primary Division)

Camille Brennan, Horace Mann Elementary
Earth
WSPTA Award of Merit in Music Composition (Intermediate Division)


The National PTA Reflections program encourages students of all ages and abilities to explore and be involved in the arts. Through the program, National PTA, Lake Washington PTSA Council and PTAs across the country urge 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 and visual arts — reflecting on a specific theme. There is also a special artist division option for students with disabilities to ensure that all students have the opportunity to participate in the program. Students are recognized each year for their artistic ingenuity to bring the theme to life in a way that is personal and meaningful. 

Founded in 1969, the National PTA Reflections program engages nearly 300,000 students and their families in arts education activities each year—encouraging students to explore the arts for fun and recognition. For more information about the program, visit PTA.org/Reflections.