Farmington Schools Reflections winners on display at Hills City Hall

Photography and Visual Art winners from the Farmington Public School District’s PTA Reflections program will be on display in the lower level atrium at Farmington Hills City Hall through October 12.

The Farmington Hills City Council will recognize the state winners on Monday, October 8 at 7:30 p.m., preceded by a public reception at 6:30 p.m.

Farmington Schools PTA Reflections winners
Artworks by Farmington Schools Reflections winners are on display at Farmington Hills City Hall. (City of Farmington Hills)

The 31 pieces from elementary, middle, and high school levels on exhibit reflect this year’s “Within Reach” theme. The public is welcome to view the work during regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. City Hall is located at 31555 W. 11 Mile Rd.

The PTA Reflections Program inspires students to “reflect” upon a specific theme and create an original work of art in any of six categories – Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts. Entries are judged at the local, district, state, and national levels.

Reflections Chairs Pauline Kim and Kelli Carpenter-Crawford say that they are always impressed with how the students interpret the theme. They were touched by Ella Lindenberg’s photo of five girls on a recess bench with their arms around each other, illustrating the support of friendship within reach.

“We had a big year, with eight students who took first place honors at the state competition and entered nationals,” said Pauline Kim. “It’s the largest number of winners from any Michigan school district.”

Winners whose work progressed to the national competition included:

  • Nina Kobayashi of Farmington STEAM Academy
  • Adriana Lamey of Forest Elementary
  • Carter Tonnies of Wood Creek Elementary
  • Ella Lindenberg of Kenbrook Elementary
  • Dayton Kress of Longacre Elementary
  • Brendan Callies of Power Middle School
  • Nikhil Sheth of Warner Middle School
  • Megan Cromwell of Farmington High School

The theme for 2018-19 is “The Heroes Around Me.” For details about next year’s PTA Reflections program, visit farmington.k12.mi.us/Page/556 . The City Hall display is a joint effort coordinated by the City’s Cultural Arts Division and the Farmington Public Schools PTA.

– Press release