Farmington Schools students win state PTA arts awards

Several Farmington Public Schools’ students received awards at the 2019 State of Michigan PTA Reflections Contest.

PTA Reflections State 2019
State level winners Adriana Lamey, Maxwell Nemeth, and Atticus Wenzel were recognized for their projects in film. (Farmington Public Schools)

Last fall, students in Pre-K through 12th grade submitted original projects in six categories: Visual Arts, Photography, Literature, Music Composition, Dance Choreography, and Film Production. Projects were judged at the school and district levels before submission to the state judges in February 2019.

This year’s theme was “Heroes Around Me.” Contestants were required to submit original works, a description of the work, and how it related to the theme.

Several of the Farmington Schools state winners moved on to national competition; winners at that level will be recognized at the 2019 National PTA Convention and Expo, June 20-23, in Columbus, Ohio.

2019 State PTA Reflections Winners

Dance Choreography

Middle School

Award of Excellence – Nathan Soverinsky – For You – Warner Middle School

Award of Merit – Alexis Harvey – Head Above Water – Warner Middle School

Honorable Mention – Nina Kobayashi – Be Your Hero – Farmington STEAM Academy

Primary

Honorable Mention – Jameson Hoover – Heroes Fly With Me – Kenbrook Elementary School

Film Production

Middle School

Honorable Mention – Ethan Singer – Anyone Can Be A Hero – Warner Middle School Primary

Award of Excellence – Atticus Wenzel – My Aunt Jenny – Longacre Elementary School

Award of Merit – Maxwell Nemeth – Army Video – Forest Elementary School

Honorable Mention – Adriana Lamey – My Dog Remington – Forest Elementary School

Literature

Middle School

Honorable Mention – Pranav Tammineedi – Hero – Farmington STEAM Academy Intermediate

Outstanding Interpretation Award – Charlotte Hassel – Chipp – Wood Creek Elementary School – (moved to national competition)

Special Artist

Outstanding Interpretation Award – Joe Pelloski – Mr. O’Brien – Wood Creek Elementary School – (moved to national competition)

Music Composition

High School

Outstanding Interpretation Award – Jonah Cohen – Stronger Together – North Farmington High School – (moved to national competition)

Award of Excellence – Praneet Voleti – The Eternal Souls – Farmington High School

Primary

Honorable Mention – Lexie Chang – Smiley Faces – Hillside Elementary School

Photography

Middle School

Award of Excellence – Calvin Murdick – Mom Rocks – Power Middle School

Honorable Mention – Chase Tonnies – Why Him? – Farmington STEAM Academy

Intermediate

Outstanding Interpretation Award – Julia Nothstine – Hidden Heroes – Kenbrook Elementary School – (moved to national competition)

Honorable Mention – Dylan Kuna – Community Heroes – Lanigan Elementary School

Primary

Award of Merit – Joshua Philip Oommen – My Piano Teacher – My Hero Lanigan Elementary School

Special Artist

Award of Excellence – Kaden Cross – My Teacher – Wood Creek Elementary School

Award of Merit – Carter Tonnies – I Call Him Ase – Power Middle School

Visual Arts

High School

Award of Excellence – Ava Farquhar – Stronger Than Fear – North Farmington High School

Intermediate

Award of Excellence – Vera Bard Kuhl – tRUTH – Lanigan Elementary School Special Artist

Award of Merit – Aiden DiGiglio – My Mom – Wood Creek Elementary School

Honorable Mention – Favzaan Ahmad – My Dad is My Hero – Hillside Elementary School

The PTA Reflections Contest began in 1969 to encourage students to explore the arts and express themselves by giving positive recognition for their artistic efforts. To learn more, visit pta.org/home/programs/reflections.

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