Winners of the annual Burbank Council PTA Reflections contest were honored at a ceremony on Saturday, January 10, at Luther Burbank Middle School. The top three places in six categories and five age groups were recognized.
Young artists from preschool through grade 12 in the Burbank Unified School District, along with their families, converged upon the exhibition and ceremony to admire the winning art submitted for the theme of “The World Would Be A Better Place If…,” in the categories of Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography and Visual Arts.
“This was my first year being involved in the Reflections program, and I was completely blown away by the imagination and sheer talent of our Burbank students,” commented Wendi Harvel, Burbank Council PTA Reflections Chairperson.
“It was amazing to see how each participant tackled the subject – some were funny and light, some were heartbreaking and some dealt with social issues such as bullying,” Harvel added. “I was truly honored to be a part of this experience.”
While only the first place winners from Burbank continue on to the District level of the national PTA Reflections Arts Recognition Program, the top three winners in each category and age group were celebrated for their achievement.
“Besides hanging out with my friends, dance is my favorite thing to do, so I wanted to share it with everyone,” said third-grader Bridget Crenshaw. The Roosevelt Elementary student won second place in the Dance Choreography category for her submission “I’m Happy.”
Experts in each category judged the 169 submissions. There were four Dance Choreography entries along with 17 in Film Production, 28 for Literature, seven Music Compositions, 43 in Photography and 70 entries in the Visual Arts category.
Since 1969, over 10 million students throughout the United States have participated in this very popular PTA program. More information on the national PTA Reflections program can be found online.