UNION, NJ – Twelve Union students will be moving onto the state competition of the National PTA Reflections Program. They were honored at the National PTA’s Founders Day dinner at the Gran Centurion in Clark last week.
The National PTA Reflections Program is the PTA’s cornerstone arts program. The program was developed in 1969 by Colorado’s PTA President Mary Lou Anderson, to encourage students to explore their talents and express themselves. The program was described by Anderson as “almost too simple”. That simplicity – of asking children to express themselves artistically based on a common theme – is the foundation of this long-standing program.
“It was amazing to see so many of our students honored,” said Assistant Superintendent Gerry Benaquista. “We are so proud to have such creative and motivated students in all the categories. Good Luck to those moving on to the State level.”
This year, the Program inspired millions of students to reflect on the theme, which is “Heroes Around Us.” 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.
Township of Union students from grades K-12 participated by submitting their entries in all categories to their local PTAs. The work was judged and the winning entries advanced to the County level for judging. The following schools had students advance to the state level for the next round.
Jordan Boakye - Literature
Nicholas Laube - Literature
Cassandra Freyre - Visual Art
Darlene Ransom - Dance Choreography
Connecticut Farms School
Emily Flores - Visual Art
Angelina Baquero - Visual Art
Zuriel Marino - Literature
Bridget Kelly - Photography
Kawameeh Middle School
Kaitlyn Pello - Visual Art
Union High School
Dabny Campos - Photography
Maria Hanna - Photography
Justine Murphy - Photography
Washington School PTA president Nicole Ahern added, “The PTAs in Union are so proud of the students that took the time to participate in the Reflections Program to showcase their various talents. We are happy to be able to celebrate this achievement with them and their families at the Founder’s Day dinner.”