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Moriah student garners state award

PTA sponsors Reflections program

Potsdam PTA Regional Director Ellen Galo presents a Merit Award to Moriah student Denali Rodriguez-Garnica.

Potsdam PTA Regional Director Ellen Galo presents a Merit Award to Moriah student Denali Rodriguez-Garnica.

— Moriah Central School students recently placed Best of Show at Moriah Central School local level and competed at the Potsdam Regional Level of the annual Reflections program.

In its more than 40-year history, the Reflections program has encouraged millions of students across the nation and in American schools overseas to explore their artistic talents. The program offers students the opportunity to create works of art for fun and recognition. Students in pre-school through grade 12 are encouraged to submit works of art in six arts areas — dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography and visual arts.

Sponsored by the local and national Parent-Teacher Association, this year’s Reflection’s theme was “Diversity Means...”

Randie Safford, Dyani Bryant and Denali Rodriguez-Garnica were cited for their literature entries; Samuel Langey, Nicholas Manfred, Casey Allen, Brianna Sargent, Gwendolyn Eichen and Dyani Bryant for their visual art entries; and Denali Rodriguez-Garnica and Eden Goralczyk for their photography entries.

Some Moriah students were chosen to compete at the state level. An Award of Merit was given to Denali Rodriguez-Garnica from New York State PTA, for his literature entry, “Together We Can Help the Soldiers Win the War.”.

Brenda Baker, Moriah Reflections chairwoman and PTA vice president, said, “The Reflections program is a national arts recognition program, open to all students pre-K through 12th grade, and through the Moriah PTA Reflections Program, students can submit their creative works inspired by a theme.

“An arts education is important to the educational growth of children,” Baker said. “We are proud that our program has given hundreds of students a way to express themselves through the arts. This is our fifth year participating in the program. We were certainly excited and proud to have another winner on state level, and for the creative energy of all of our students.”

Baker encouraged Moriah students to participate in the program. Registration forms are available in both elementary and high school offices. A Reflections Award ceremony will be held Nov. 17 in the high school cafeteria at 6 p.m.

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