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Fifteen take top honors in local PTA Reflections arts contest

In all, the work of 15 students (out of 123 entries submitted) will go on to the district judging level for PTA Reflections. Grangeville Elementary Middle School students with winning work are (front row, L-R) Tevyn Baldus, Elizabeth Brewster, Ellie Kouril, Jayda Burch, Hollis Elliott;  (middle, L-R) Adelaide Crowl, Makenna York, Nathan Bryant, Isaiah Bybee, Sitka Harris; and (back row, L-R) Laura Nelson, Hollen Hays and Maya Hernandez. GEMS PTA has been participating in the national Reflections contest for almost 20 years;  (bottom)
Grangeville High School winners for Reflections PTA are juniors (L-R) Kate Lutz and Hailey Russell.

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In all, the work of 15 students (out of 123 entries submitted) will go on to the district judging level for PTA Reflections. Grangeville Elementary Middle School students with winning work are (front row, L-R) Tevyn Baldus, Elizabeth Brewster, Ellie Kouril, Jayda Burch, Hollis Elliott; (middle, L-R) Adelaide Crowl, Makenna York, Nathan Bryant, Isaiah Bybee, Sitka Harris; and (back row, L-R) Laura Nelson, Hollen Hays and Maya Hernandez. GEMS PTA has been participating in the national Reflections contest for almost 20 years; (bottom) Grangeville High School winners for Reflections PTA are juniors (L-R) Kate Lutz and Hailey Russell.



— With a theme of “What is Your Story?” Grangeville saw a large percentage of its students enter the 2016-17 PTA Reflections contest.

“There were 123 entries this year,” said Genny Lutz, Grangeville Elementary Middle School PTA volunteer, who has organized the program for many years.

Students in preschool through high school who are enrolled at Grangeville public schools are invited to enter the annual competition. Categories include dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. Age groups are primary (preschool through second grade), intermediate (grades three through five), middle school (grades sixth through eighth), high school (grades nine through 12) and one special artist category for any age.

Winners of this year’s competition are the following:

•Photography: senior division - Hailey Russell

•Film: middle division - Hollen Hays

•Literature: primary division - Elizabeth Brewster, Isaiah Bybee and Ellie Kouril; intermediate division - Nathan Bryant, Jayda Burch and Laura Nelson; and senior division - Kate Lutz.

•Visual Arts: primary division - Tevyn Baldus, Hollis Elliott and Sitka Harris; and intermediate division - Adelaide Crowl, Maya Hernandez and Makenna York.

A reception for artists was held in conjunction with Family Read Week late in 2016. Now, entries have been forwarded to Lewiston for district competition. From there, participants who win will have their entries sent on to the state level in Boise, and, eventually, to the national competition in Washington, D.C. Last year, a photograph taken by Grangeville High School junior Hailey Russell received an honorable mention at nationals.



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