PTA Reflections Award Winners Honored

PTA Reflections 2023
Shawnee Mission School District

The Shawnee Mission Board of Education and school district recognized student Award of Excellence winners from the PTA Reflections Program prior to the January 23 Board of Education meeting. The Recognition Ceremony can be viewed here.

This year, students were encouraged to interpret the theme “Show Your Voice.” Students across the district submitted visual artwork, literature, photography, musical compositions, films, and choreography.

Shawnee Mission Area Council (SMAC) PTA received 92 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: 

Dance Choreography

Primary division: “Wild” by Heidi Francia, Overland Park Elementary

Intermediate division: “I Feel Brand New” by Maxwell Deane, Trailwood Elementary

Middle School division: “Something Wild” by Brecklyn Harrison, Trailwood Elementary

High School division: “Light of Love” by Kira Wagner, high school, Shawnee Mission West High School

Film Production

Intermediate division: “I Roar for Hank the Polar Bear” by Patrick Zueckert, Highlands Elementary

Middle School division: “The Great Pen Ban of Lego City” by Walker Cobb, Belinder Elementary

High School division: “The Voices in our Head” by Cheighton Smith-Allaire, Shawnee Mission West High School


Primary division: “Two Best Friends” by Willa Merklein, Briarwood Elementary

Intermediate division: “The Little Bird” by Lily King, Trailwood Elementary

Middle School division: “One Song” by Brynn Weiss, Trailwood Elementary

High School division: “Modulate” by Morgan Tate, Shawnee Mission Northwest High School

Music Composition

Primary division: “Finding The Sheikah Slate” by Blue Tuley, Westwood View Elementary

Intermediate division: “Unspeakable” by Jiya Bhavsar, Briarwood Elementary

Middle School division: “Autumn Leaves” by Laney Sofia McGill, Santa Fe Trail Elementary

High School division: “Amalgamation” by Ishya Bhavsar, Shawnee Mission East High School


Primary division: “Night Lights” by Louisa Dayani, Belinder Elementary

Intermediate division: “Every Voice Matters” by Katie Barnes, Christa McAuliffe Elementary

Middle School division: “Let Your Light Shine” Darius Bean, Westridge Middle School

High School division: “Lost in the Green Eye” by Chloe Cowley, Shawnee Mission South High School

Visual Art

Primary division: “Use Your Voice and Make the Right Choice” by Olivia Staab, Lenexa Hills Elementary

Intermediate division: “A Storm is Coming This Way” by Campbell Rigsby, Prairie Elementary

Middle School division: “Ripples of Encouragement” by Afsana Kangas, Brookwood Elementary

High School division: “Voice of Passion” by Kimi Ayisho-Capule, Shawnee Mission West High School

Special Artist division: “Swirly” by Arianna Aguilar Rainwater, Overland Park Elementary

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 45 PTA units that serve the Shawnee Mission area in working for children and youth.