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Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School recently announced the 12 building winners and two Nassau County winners in the National PTA Reflections program for 2003.

The building winners are: in literature: Brian Horowitz, Allison Levine, and Samantha Levine. In photography: Tatiana Jordan, Daniel Lachar, and Katelin Morrissey. In visual arts: Shani Bob, Brian Strumwasser, and Alison Werbel and in musical composition: Christopher Lane, Andrew Morgasen, and Sung Hei Yau.

The winners in Nassau County are Allison Levine in literature and Tatiana Jordan in photography. They have gone on to compete at the state level. Once entries reach the state level, the state PTA may select entries to submit to the National PTA. Awards of Excellence and Awards of Merit are recognized at the annual National PTA Convention and displayed in a virtual gallery on National PTA's website.

The National PTA Reflections program is designed to encourage students to express themselves through a variety of media and to receive positive recognition for their efforts.

The program offers students the opportunity to create works of art for fun and recognition. Students in preschool through 12th grade are encouraged to create and submit works of art in the four areas. In its more than 30-year history, the program has encouraged millions of students across the nation and in American schools overseas to create works of art. The Reflections Program was started in 1969 by then Colorado PTA President Mary Lou Anderson.

Students participate in the Reflections Program by submitting entries to their local PTA or PTSA. Participating in the program is an opportunity for students to explore and learn about various art forms. Entries for the Reflections Program can be created in a classroom or independently at home.

"We are very proud of all the students who participated this year," said Diane Horowitz, co-chair of the Reflections Program in Plainview along with Joan Lachar. "The emphasis is not placed on competition against one's peers, but rather on eliciting creative work from students. Because competition is downplayed, the students don't feel as if they are competing against one another. It is a great program."


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