Ten North Carolina PTA Students Receive National PTA

Honors for Their Talents and Creativity in the Arts

North Carolina is proud to announce that ten NCPTA State Reflections winners have placed at the National PTA level of Reflections. The awards honor creative interpretations of the theme “I Matter Because...” in the areas of special artist, dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts.

“Reflections encourages creativity; it allows students to express themselves through the arts in ways that they may not be able to otherwise,” said Harold Dixon, president of North Carolina PTA. “NCPTA is incredibly proud that in the midst of a pandemic and virtual learning, we still had a strong turnout in participation in the 2020-21 Reflections program. We are incredibly proud of all the student participants across the state of North Carolina and are thrilled to have the opportunity to recognize the students and their creativity."

Five NCPTA winners have received the National Awards of Excellence, and five have received National Awards of Merit. These national award recipients were chosen from nearly 900 submissions, 223 students representing 38 states for national-level recognition.

Awards of Excellence

Katarina Lucia Rosario-Soto, Dance Choreography, McDougle Elementary School, Chapel Hill

Annabelle Pate, Photography , Douglas Creative Arts-Sci. Magnet, Raleigh

Sai K Pranavan, Special Artist - Music Composition, Morrisville Year Rd. Elementary, Morrisville

Ritvik Shivakumar, Film Production, Barringer Academic Center, Charlotte

Jacob Cerveny, Special Artist - Film Production, Douglas Creative Arts-Sci. Magnet, Raleigh

Awards of Merit

Emily Johnston, Visual Arts, Holly Ridge Middle School, Holly Springs

Scott McFarland, Music Composition, Myrtle Grove Middle School, Wilmington

Chloe Viviers, Visual Arts, Chapel Hill High School, Chapel Hill

Anna Zwigard, Dance Choreography, R.J. Reynolds High School, Winston-Salem

Malavika Thayil, Special Artist - Dance Choreography, Carmel Middle School, Charlotte

These young artists will receive prizes, recognition and the opportunity to have their work exhibited by National PTA. For a complete list of available awards and prizes, please the National PTA Reflections awards page.

About North Carolina PTA:

The North Carolina Parent Teacher Association (NCPTA) is the state’s oldest and largest volunteer organization advocating for the education, health, safety and success of all children and youth while building strong families and communities. PTAs across North Carolina impact more than 685,000 children and their families. For more information, visit www.ncpta.org.