The Shawnee Mission Board of Education and school district recognized student Award of Excellence winners from the PTA Reflections Program prior to the January 10 Board of Education meeting.
This year, students were encouraged to interpret the theme “I Will Change the World By...”. Students across the district submitted visual artwork, literature, photography, musical compositions, films, and choreography. Reflections artwork can be viewed in an online video on the SMAC PTA website.
Shawnee Mission Area Council (SMAC) PTA received 99 entries from students at the elementary, middle, and high school level from across the district.
Here is a look at Shawnee Mission students who have received an Award of Excellence and will compete in the Kansas State PTA Reflections Program competition:
Intermediate division: “Lyrical Dance Routine” by Kelsha Trice, Rhein Benninghoven Elementary
Middle School division: Press Here to Start Change” by Harper Ward, Mill Creek Elementary
High School division: “Bring the Sunshine” by Emma Radford, Shawnee Mission East High School
Intermediate division: “Getting Rid of Covid” by Patrick Zueckert, Highlands Elementary
Middle School division: “Bloom” by Ada Knechtel, Westridge Middle School
Special Artist division: “The Greatest World of Noah” by Noah Brown, Brookridge Elementary
Primary division: “Every Little Bit Counts” by Caroline Shehan, Corinth Elementary
Intermediate division: “Beyond These Ocean Waves” by Ellie Tritsch, Mill Creek Elementary
Middle School division: “One Word” by Viola McCarthy, Lenexa Hills Elementary
High School division: “Writing the Stars” by Campbell Wood, Shawnee Mission East High School
Primary division: “I Love My Mom” by Desmond Zybko, Christa McAuliffe Elementary
Intermediate division: “Expression” by Jiya Bhavsar, Briarwood Elementary
Middle School division: “The Power of Music” by Olivia Gibbs, Westridge Middle School
High School division: “One Small Voice” by Sam Granade, Shawnee Mission South High School
Primary division: “Lift Me Up” by Enzo Akakpo-Ulloa, Mill Creek Elementary
Intermediate division: “Kid Cafe” by Olivia Martin, Prairie Elementary
Middle School division: “Planting a Mighty Oak” Darius Bean, Christa McAuliffe Elementary
High School division: “Written in the Stars” by Macy Crosser, Shawnee Mission East High School
Primary division: “Spread Kindness to Others” by Madeline McInerney, Brookwood Elementary
Intermediate division: “Equality” by Emma Hobick, Westwood View Elementary
Middle School division: “Aluminate” by Carmen Carroll, Belinder Elementary
High School division: “Be a Better Person” by Noah Xiong, Shawnee Mission South High School
The Reflections program is a National PTA Program, providing opportunities for recognition and access to the arts, which boost student confidence and success in the arts and in life.
SMAC PTA is a council of 44 PTA units that serve the Shawnee Mission area in working for children and youth.