Gilpin kids reflect creativity in art, literature, and dance

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PTA competition leads to wins at regional level

By Patty Unruh

Several students from Gilpin County School were finalists in a regional Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) “Reflections” competition recently. The theme of the event was “Magic of the Moment” and encompassed several categories of creative expression, including literature, musical composition, dance choreography, film production, photography, and visual arts.

Students who won locally and were regional finalists were Samantha Smith for literature in grades three to five, Jasmine Arends for photography in grades three to five, Aubrey Allen and Gadje Holbird for visual arts in kindergarten to second-grade, and Anna Yocom for visual arts in grades six through eight. The local competition was held last November, with winners going on to the regional level in mid-January. A ceremony for the State level was to have been held February 24, but was postponed due to snowy weather. No Gilpin students went on to become State finalists.

The Colorado PTA website explains that the Reflections program was first developed in 1969 to encourage students to explore their talents and express themselves by giving them positive recognition for their artistic efforts. Since then, the site says, over 10 million students across the nation have taken part in the popular program. The contest is open to all students attending a school where PTA sponsors the program.

To allow student projects to be judged at the appropriate age and skill levels, the program is divided into four levels: primary (preschool through grade two), intermediate (grades three through five), middle/junior (grades six through eight), and senior (grades nine through twelve). The entries are first judged by the local PTA unit. Some selected entries are then chosen to represent the PTA at the regional level. Artwork submitted to Colorado PTA from the regional PTA is considered for awards at the State level.

Curt Halsted, art instructor at Gilpin County School, said, “I encourage my students to enter their artwork and to develop their ideas in art and writing. The students do their projects individually at home and enter the local, judged competition at school.”

Reflections creations are on display in the hallways at the school.

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