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Local youth among state PTA contest winners

Ten Lawton Public Schools students will be recognized this weekend for their creativity when statewide winners are announced for "Reflections," an art program sponsored by the National PTA and administered here by the Oklahoma PTA. The students will be honored Sunday at 2 p.m. during a reception in the auditorium at Westmoore High School in Oklahoma City.

The PTA Reflections program is designed to enhance a quality arts education by providing an opportunity for students to explore their artistic talents and receive positive recognition for their efforts. The annual program challenges students to create art inspired by a specific theme. Themes are selected from hundreds of ideas submitted by students to the national PTA search committee. The 2010–2011 theme is "Together We Can …."

The state winners from Lawton began by submitting entries to the Lawton PTA Council. City winners were then forwarded to the state competition. Students could submit entries in one or more of six arts areas — dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography and the visual arts. Entries were divided into grade divisions: primary, intermediate, middle/junior and senior.

The PTA founded the competition in the belief that when children express themselves through words, pictures, music, dance and other art forms, they grow intellectually and socially. They learn to analyze their thoughts, feelings, and ideas; learn to look at things, people, and experiences in a fresh and exciting way; and become more interested in the ideas and works of others.

State "Reflections" winners from Lawton to be honored in Oklahoma City this weekend are:

Dance Choreography: Rachel Skaggs from MacArthur High School, award of excellence in the senior division.

Film Video Production: Langston Creel-Davidson from Woodland Hills Elementary, award of merit in the intermediate division; Rachel Skaggs from MacArthur High School, award of merit in the senior division.

Literature: Jessica Cook from Geronimo Road Elementary, award of merit in the primary division; Kamryn Simien from Woodland Hills Elementary, award of merit in the intermediate division; Shannon Sullivan from Central Middle School, award of merit in the middle/junior division.

Music Composition: Xzandrea Dickerson from Geronimo Road Elementary, award of merit in the intermediate division.

Photography: Daniel Scott from Whittier Elementary, award of merit in the primary division; Ashley Ford from Central Middle School, award of merit in the middle/junior division.

Visual Arts: Loridvani Napuhi and Steven Tims, both from Eisenhower Middle School, awards of merit in the middle/junior division.

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