A number of Abington Heights students were honored March 23 at the annual Regional PTA Reflections Awards Ceremony at the Mid Valley Secondary Center in Throop.
The National PTA Reflections program was developed in 1969 to encourage students to explore their talents and express themselves. The program inspires students to reflect on a specific theme and create original artwork. This year’s theme: “The Magic of the Moment.”
Each year, students in kindergarten through Grade 12 are recognized for bringing the theme to life through dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts.
Region 16 is comprised of 48 local PTAs from Lackawanna, Wayne and Susquehanna counties. Winners at this level were first selected as winners from the pool of submissions from their school, then their district and finally, in the region. Following the regional decisions, those who placed first, second and third moved on to compete against other regional winners in the state.
Roy Slavin, a fourth- grade student at South Abington Elementary, was the only area student who won at the national level this year. He came in third in the country for his original musical composition. He has been taking piano lesson with Brenda Lord of South Abington Township since kindergarten.
“I was so surprised and happy when I found out I won,” Roy said at the post-award ceremony reception. “I didn’t know if I’d even place.” He explained that his piece has been utilized beyond the Reflections contest. “I’m on an Odyssey of the Mind team and we used the piece in our presentation. Some of my friends put lyrics to my melody and they sing along. We are going to states in Odyssey.” He plans to continue studying and creating music.
During the ceremony, students were encouraged to submit works to a local gallery and to consider attending Arts Alive summer camp. Run by the NEIU, the camp is an intense four-week course where artists in the visual and performing arts are taught by professionals in the fields. The award-winning course is available to 3rd through 12th graders at Marywood University and the Everhart Museum, Scranton.
The theme for next year’s 2013–14 Reflections Program is “Believe, Dream, Inspire.” Submissions will be accepted in the fall.