Three ACPS Students Advance to State Reflections Competition

Isabel Metzler, GW - Seaside Fairy Cottage, Vis Arts, MS, 1st Place

“Seaside Fairy Cottage,” from George Washington student Isabel Metzler

Three students have been selected to compete at the State level of the PTA Reflections contest after winning their categories in the Northern Virginia round.

The winners who have earned Outstanding Interpretation awards for their entries on this year’s theme Let Your Imagination Fly are:

  • Eliza Gwin, a fourth-grade Maury student who won 1st Place in Film Production (Intermediate division) for her short film, Imagine Magic
  • Isabel Metzler, a seventh-grade student at George Washington Middle School, who won 1st Place in Visual Arts for Seaside Fairy Cottage
  • Jonathan Morgan Petrini, an eighth- grade student at George Washington Middle School, who won 1st Place in Music Composition for Sonata in E Major (Mvt. 1): The Hummingbird Sonata. 
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“Amazon Dreams,” from Mount Vernon student Gabriel Stewart

The Alexandria City Reflections Awards Presentation & Art Show Opening will take place on Friday, March 11, at the Durant Arts Center at 6:30 p.m. Winners will also be recognized on March 3 at the Northern Virginia Community College’s free Children’s Concert at Schlesinger Hall at 7:30 p.m.

Reflections is a national PTA K-12 arts program. Students compete in six categories (Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts) to create art based on a theme. The contest is multi-tiered; students begin by entering contests at their individual schools. The top winners at each school then move on to the next level of competition, so every one of ACPS’s District winners had already won 1st Place awards at the school and city levels.

Fun Facts:

  • Twelve ACPS schools participated in the 2015-16 PTA Reflections program, receiving a total of more than 700 entries
  • Mount Vernon Community School and Charles Barrett Elementary School tied for the most Alexandria awards won, with ten each. Jefferson-Houston School was a close second, with nine.
  • Mount Vernon Community School also earned the most District awards (four).
  • Charles Barrett Elementary School second-grade student Gabriella Tuson won more Alexandria Reflections awards than any other student, with awards for Film Production, Literature, and Photography.
  • Of the nineteen Alexandria 1st-Place City winners that were advanced to the District, eleven won awards; three of those were 1st-Place awards.

Students who won second place awards at the District-level competition were:

  • Abigail Riley, fifth-grade student at George Mason Elementary School with Hike – Literature (Intermediate)
  • Gabriel Stewart, third-grade student Mount Vernon Community School Amazon with Dreams – (tied) Photography (Intermediate)
  • Claire Vermillion, twelfth-grade student at T.C. Williams High School with Little Ballerina – Photography (High School)

Students who won third place awards at the District-level competition were:

  • Kit Vontz, second-grade student at Mount Vernon Community School with Love Cats, – Dance Choreography (Primary)
  • Ava Marcy, third-grade student at Douglas MacArthur with Imagine the Possibilities – Dance Choreography (Intermediate)
  • Jacari Jahi, second-grade student at Mount Vernon Community School with Magical Rain – Music Composition (Primary)
  • Henry Miller, second-grade student at Mount Vernon Community School with Floating Book – (tied) Photography (Primary)
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