Meridian Star


March 26, 2014

Poplar Springs Elementary students win 2013-14 Reflections Program Awards

MERIDIAN — By Dr. Arcola W. Sullivan

Special to The Star

    Four Poplar Springs Elementary School students were among top honorees at the recent 2013-14 Mississippi Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Reflections Program.      

    The Reflections Program was created in 1969 to encourage students to explore their creative talents and to provide a venue for them to express themselves through art. Participation is open to students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grades. Entries are accepted in six categories including dance choreography, music composition, film, literature, visual arts and photography.

    "Believe, Dream, Inspire" was the theme for this year's competition. The Poplar Springs Elementary students recognized are:

    • Ava Durgin, first place music composition category intermediate division for her entry entitled, “The Wishing Star.”

    • Laney Turnage, first place visual arts category intermediate division for her entry entitled, “I Dream of a Greener World.”

    • Caroline Prewitt, second place literature category intermediate division for her entry entitled, “My Mind.”

    • Wyatt Davison, first place dance choreography intermediate division for her entry entitled, “Being Me.”

    Artworks are judged at the local levels prior to being sent to state competition. Judges at the state level are selected from a pool of professionals in each category from across Mississippi.

    State awards will presented at the Mississippi Reflections Arts Program on April 26, Tougaloo College in Jackson. First-place winners in all categories and divisions will represent Mississippi at the national level. Prizes at the national level include an all-expense-paid trip to Austin, Texas, to attend the national convention, monetary awards, scholarships, certificates and other prizes. Mississippi has participated in the National Reflections Program each year since its inception. 

      Students can use their artwork as a part of their academic portfolio. The artwork of national winners is displayed permanently in the U.S. Department of Education and online in the National Reflections Library.

     For more information about the Mississippi Reflections Art Program, visit

    • Dr. Arcola W. Sullivan is chairperson of the Mississippi PTA Reflections Program.

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