Plaza Elementary School Student Named Winner in the National PTA’s Reflections Competition
Out of thousands of entries, Alexandra Francois, a fifth-grade student at Plaza Elementary, has been named one of the winners of the National PTA’s Reflections “Award of Merit” in the category of “Dance Choreography.” She’s the only one from New York to win at her level in her category (intermediate, grades 3–5). Alexandra will receive a bronze medal and a “Certificate of Merit.” In addition, her work will be featured in the traveling exhibition for the 2018-2019 program year “Heroes Around Me,” which will begin January 2020 in Washington, D.C. and conclude June 2020 in Louisville, KY. The honorees will also be celebrated and recognized at the National PTA's Convention & Expo in June.
The National PTA’s Reflections program, now in its 50th year, helps students explore their own thoughts, feelings, and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence, and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful in school and in life. More than 300,000 students in Pre-K through Grade 12 create and submit original works of art in the areas of Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts. Based on State PTA rules and guidelines, these works of art may be submitted for state and national level awards and recognition opportunities. Student winners from the local level have the opportunity to move up through their district, region, council, and state PTA programs to the national level.
Other winners recognized in the PTA Reflections competition from the Baldwin Union Free School District this year were Meadow elementary school 1st grader, Efrain Jaramillo, who was named winner of the Nassau Region PTA Reflections competition in the Photography category. Steele student, Adam Magwood, won in the Film Production category for at the state level.