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Eight Students Honored for Achievement in the Arts

At a District 54 art exhibit this winter, eight Dirksen Dolphins were honored for their original artwork. These students participated in the 2017-18 National PTA Reflections program—a voluntary, free arts contest.

From kindergarten, Rosie B. was honored for her drawing titled “Star Shine Star Bright”.

From grade 1, Michael R. was honored for his drawing titled “Magical Hands.”

From grade 3, Charlie B. was honored for his photograph titled “Into the Deep,” and Lucy R. was honored for her literature entry titled “Within Reach Speech.”

From grade 4, Giada G. was honored for her two drawings, “The Ballet Dream” and “Life of Photography.”

From grade 5, Isabelle V. was honored for her painting titled “Take the Opportunity”; Sa’mya J. was honored for her drawing titled “Inner Beauty”; and Olivia F. was honored for her sculpture titled “A Wish.”

From grade 6, Narin K. (not pictured) was honored for her drawing titled “Net of Dreams.”

Advanced to the regional level of competition was the sculpture by Olivia F.

These young artists were recognized by Principal Joann Kort, the Dirksen staff, and their fellow students at the winter PBIS assembly. Dirksen and the PTA are proud of the creativity and love of the arts that these students have shown.

Founded in 1969, the National PTA Reflections program engages nearly 300,000 students and their families in arts education activities each year—encouraging students to explore the arts for fun and recognition. For more information about the program, visit