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Students' art reflects their talents

Posted: November 18, 2008 9:50 p.m.
Updated: November 19, 2008 8:00 a.m.
Plum Canyon Elementary School students inspired adults as they participated in the school's annual PTA-sponsored Reflections Gala art festival Monday night.

Dozens of paintings, photographs, literature and musical compositions hung on display stands.

Dance and film video productions played on televisions around the room. Akin to the popular science fair concept that partners parents and their children in science-related home studies, the 11th Annual
Reflections Gala is designed to encourage students to include the arts in their lives, at school and at home.

This year's event, organized by PTA Reflections Gala chair woman Gina Woltman had all the markings of a celebration: a happy atmosphere, a chocolate-dripping fountain and a plethora of art, all represented in a variety of forms.

Fifth-grader Noah Ahlers, 10, was first inspired to hone the craft of "popping" by watching his favorite pop dancer on the "So You Think You Can Dance" television show. Ahlers, who began his dance career last year with hip-hop moved on to popping by learning his mentor's dance moves and working them into his own routine.

Clad in his normal school clothes, Ahlers, along with all his fellow participants, worked at home for hours until his mother tape recorded his routine and played it at Monday's celebration.

Fifth-grader Angelina Sutton, 10, entered a fictional short story about two bored young girls who invented a time machine and set off on a journey in search of the fabled Ruby Scale, which turns out to be the key to saving a very sad dragon waiting patiently for rescue.

Fifth-grader Nicholas McIlrath, 10, whose grandfather is a professional painter, drew a monster truck screaming down a rocky hill.

Fourth-grader Bella Ellwein, 9, painted "The Tornado" on a canvas after a brainstorming session with her mother.

Principal Mary Jane Kelly said the Reflections Gala highlights literature, musical composition, photography, visual art, dance choreography and film production.


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