Robert E. Lee High School student Jonathan Graham’s literary piece titled “The Ocean Czar” has advanced to the national level of the PTA Reflections Arts Program. His piece will now compete against literary works from students across the country.
Through the 2017 PTA Reflections program, students submitted original entries in the areas of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts that represented this year’s theme of “What is Your Story?” Entries are first judged at the local level through the Tyler Council of PTAs, then advance to the state level before ultimately advancing to the national level.
“The Reflections contest is unique in relation to other art contests in that it includes literature as a category, whereas often literature is thought of as a discipline separate from the other arts,” Tyler Council PTA President Maureen Kaiser said. “In that regard, it's a great opportunity for a student like Jonathan Graham, who has participated in the literature category for years. Last year, Fritz Hager Jr. went to nationals in the music category.”
The Tyler ISD Council of PTAs recently recognized students who participated in the National PTA Reflections Art Program during a special ceremony held at Caldwell Auditorium.
There were a total of 93 entries from Tyler ISD students in this year’s competition. Of these entries, 19 advanced to the state level earning Awards of Excellence.