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From left, Clarkston PTSA honored high schoolers, from left, Emily Pobuda, Jackie Gipe, Amanda Covert, Jocelyn Moore, Caitlin Stillwell, Monique Zentner, and Tyler Rumbold for their Reflections work. Photo by Phil Custodio (click for larger version)
March 23, 2011 - Fourteen Clarkston students earned statewide honors in Reflections, Parent Teacher Association's nationwide art competition.

Clarkston students who received statewide recognition in the art program, based on the theme "Together We Can," include:

Amanda E. Covert, Clarkston High School, Award of Merit, "March Together," literature; Nathaniel C. Gipe, Sashabaw Middle School, Award of Excellence and Best of Theme, "Together We Can," literature; Malcolm A. Hill, Clarkston Junior High School, Award of Merit, "Black And White," music composition; Riley S. Kisser, Bailey Lake Elementary, Award of Merit, "Together We Can Show We Care," visual arts; Allison R. Lieblang, Bailey Lake Elementary, Award of Excellence and Best of Theme, "Together We Can Enjoy Michigan," photography; Sara J. Loucks, Sashabaw Middle School, Award of Merit, "Girls Can Change The World," dance choreography; Sam P. Mead, Sashabaw Middle School, Award of Excellence, "Together We Can," music composition; Kailan Mehta, Sashabaw Middle School, Award of Excellence, "Together We Can," film production; Elizabeth Oda, Bailey Lake Elementary, Award of Excellence, "Together We Can Make a Difference In Our World," visual arts; Emily A. Pobuda, Clarkston High School, Award of Excellence, "Together We Can Make A Change," dance choreography; Gabe J. Puzio, Springfield Plains Elementary, Award of Merit, "We're All In This Together," music composition; Michael D. Snider, Springfield Plains Elementary, Award of Merit and Best of Theme, "Community Build," visual arts; Harrison E. Witzke, Clarkston High School, Award of Excellence, "Illumination," photography; and Monique A. Zentner, Clarkston High School, Award of Merit, "Together We Can," visual arts.

Gipe, Mead, and Witzke were also chosen to represent Michigan at the national level.

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The Clarkston students' art work will be showcased along with more than 144 state-level, award-winning entries at the Michigan Parent Teacher Student Association (MPTSA) Reflections Reception, Saturday, March 26, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Clarkston High School, 6093 Flemings Lake Road.

Reception is 9-10 a.m., followed by the awards ceremony starting at 10 a.m.

"PTA believes all children deserve a quality arts education and encourages students to pursue artistic expression through participation in its annual arts Reflections Program," said Kim Trombley, Clarkston PTA Council Reflections chairperson. "This is the largest number of state and national entrants from Clarkston we've ever had."

The public is welcome to enjoy the creativity and talent of some of the most artistic students in the state, Trombley said.

More than 120 students from CCS entered the Reflections competition this year, with 14 advancing to state competition.

Clarkston state winners will be recognized by the Clarkston PTA Council at the school board meeting on Monday, May 9.

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Harrison Witzke, 10th grader, earned state honors for his Depot Park bridge photo. (click for larger version)
The Reflections program offers students in preschool through grade 12 the opportunity to create works of art for fun and recognition. It celebrates the many skills of students and encourages them to pursue artistic expression in a number of different ways including Film/Video Production, Dance Choreography, Musical Composition, Photography, Visual Arts and Literature.

For more information, call Kim Trombley at 248-214-4236.

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