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2021 Advanced to National PTA 

Advanced Dance Choreography

Kylie Buedel – Dance – Butterfly Effect (Artist Statement)

Kaitlyn Bauske – Dance – True Colors Matter (Artist Statement)

Indira Srinivas – Dance – Can’t Put Me Down (Artist Statement)

Dhriti Pai – Dance – Unstoppable (Artist Statement)

Advanced Film Production

Augustine Gallespen – Film – Leaves Will Continue to Grow (Artist Statement)

Devin Joseph – Film – You Can Make a Difference (Artist Statement)

Jai Viswanathan – Film – I Am Unique (Artist Statement)

Shea Coleman – Film – Dream Matters (Artist Statement)

Advanced Music Composition

Vrishank Ramnath – Music – Part of the Whole (Artist Statement)

Elsie Proctor – Music – I Matter (Artist Statement)

Aditya Kashyap – Music – Live Happy, Be Merry (Artist Statement)

Joey Sweeney – Music – Pick Your Poison (Artist Statement)

Visual Arts

Aadya Nayak – Visual Arts – I Am Kind and Responsible (Artist Statement)

Avery Miller – Visual Arts – Swirly Thoughts (Artist Statement)

Arundhavi Jayakumar – Visual Arts – I Matter Because (Artist Statement)

Persephone Adamson – Visual Arts – Human (Artist Statement)

Advanced Photography

Chae Rin West – Photography – Self Aware (Artist Statement)

Charles Connor – Photography – Towering Tree (Artist Statement)

Heather Campbell – Photography – Showing Shadows (Artist Statement)

Rishi Suresh – Photography – Life in Bleak Times (Artist Statement)

Advanced Special Artist

Finley Cunningham – Visual Arts – Special Artist – The Mind of Importance (Artist Statement)

Sanya Kapoor – Literature – Special Artist – I Am From (Artist Statement)

Advanced Literature

Prakriti Kashyap – Literature – A Star in the Sky (Artist Statement)

Manasa Boppudi – Literature – Knowledge is Power (Artist Statement)

Evan Seiler – Literature – I Am (Artist Statement)

Aubrey Thomas – Literature – I Matter Now and Forever (Artist Statement)

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Illinois PTA is proud of our students that participated in the 2020-2021 Reflection program and their creative works in literature, dance choreography, musical composition, photography, visual arts, and film production, based on the theme “I Matter Because…” 

We celebrated our artistic accomplishments at our Virtual SPOTLIGHT event on Sunday, June 6. Watch the full SPOTLIGHT presentation and celebrate our Reflections artists with a virtual showing of the pieces that received special recognition or advanced to National PTA competition. Click here to see a full list of Reflections’ artists advanced to state.


  • Chalk It Up!
    Chalk is no longer just for the classroom and sidewalk; we can take it to many places with a little imagination. It can be rubbed, pulled, or wet.  So, join us as we lead you through the different ways chalk can take our art to another surface… and maybe create a little magic.  Click here to watch!    
  • From Flat to Fabulous! 
    With a little cut, fold and twist we will take the ordinary to extraordinary. A flat piece of tin foil will transform to an action figure right before your eyes.  A piece of cardstock will stand up all by itself. Together we will take our imagination from 2D to 3D and create unique abstract sculptures.  Click here to watch!
  • Self-Portrait ‘All About You’
    This isn’t your ordinary portrait. It won’t look like what you see in the mirror, but an art representation of who you are. By answering questions with lines, shapes and colors, you will create a one-of-a-kind works of art that is as unique as you are. Click here to watch!
SPOTLIGHT and Illinois PTA are proud to be able to offer something for everyone. 

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