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GEMS PTA Reflections projects go on to district competition; Five kids’ work make it to next level


GEMS PTA Reflections local winners, whose projects have gone on to district competition in Lewiston, are ((L-R) Avery Lewis, Ali Dudley, Stella Stone and Maggie Kohrman. Not pictured is Hailey Russell.

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GEMS PTA Reflections local winners, whose projects have gone on to district competition in Lewiston, are ((L-R) Avery Lewis, Ali Dudley, Stella Stone and Maggie Kohrman. Not pictured is Hailey Russell.



— Five local students are winners this year in the Grangeville Elementary Middle School (GEMS) PTA Reflections arts contest.

This year’s theme, “Within Reach …,” brought more than 25 entries. Of those, five were chosen to go to district competition in Lewiston.

Projects by GEMS students Stella Stone (second grade), Avery Lewis and Ali Dudley (fifth grade), Maggie Kohrman (grade six) and Grangeville High School senior Hailey Russell were all chosen to be forwarded to the next level of competition.

Stone entered the visual arts category in the primary division with the piece “Stars and Wishes.” She used newspaper, tissue paper, a paper bag, glue, pastels and paints to create her artwork.

“The girl is trying to reach the stars, and each star is a wish,” Stone said. “If she reaches the stars, her wishes come true.”

Lewis also entered the visual arts category. She is in the intermediate division. Her artwork was completed with Sharpies and Crayons and is entitled, “Pug Want Food.”

“This pug really wants to reach the ultimate hamburger!” Lewis said about her drawing.

Dudley, also in the intermediate age category, entered in the literature category. Her story is called “A Cinderella Mix,” as she said it is the story of what happened “after happily ever-after.”

Dudley’s story reads toward the end: “All of the sudden Cinderella looked like a gorgeous 15 year old. Oh my goodness, you look amazing sweetie!”

Kohrman, in the middle school category, was also in the literature division and wrote a poem entitled, “Catching Dandelions.”

The end of Kohrman’s poem reads, “I reached the soft silky thing, It was like flying on a swing. It was in reach, in reach with me. It was free.”

“I got inspired by looking out the window,” said Kohrman. “When you catch dandelions and blow on them they then come back to you.”

Russell entered in the high school age group in the photography category with a self-portrait taken with her iPhone called “Prom Selfie.”

“I have entered the Reflections contest since kindergarten, so I wanted to make sure I entered it my senior year to finish out,” she said. “Prom is a fun night, especially all the preparations, and all dreams are within reach.”

The projects will be judged at the district level, then possibly go on for judging at state. For the past three years, Russell’s projects, all in photography, have gone on to the national level where she has received “honorable mention” awards.



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