Shawnee Mission will honor local selections for National PTA Reflections arts program

The district hosted an open house for this year’s Reflections submissions in January. Photo courtesy SMAC PTA.

Shawnee Mission School District leaders next week will honor the more than two dozen students selected by the Shawnee Mission Area Council PTA to advance to the state level of a national program recognizing talented young artists.

The district will host a reception for the local winners of this year’s Reflections competition, which awards students who show outstanding skill in the visual, musical, performance and literary arts. This year’s Reflections call asked for students to create a work based on the theme “Within Reach.”

Shawnee Mission West student Natalie Johnson’s photograph “Harvest Moon.”

The SMAC PTA committee received hundreds of entries in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual art. It selected 25 of those entries to receive the district level Award of Excellence and advance to the state competition.

A still from Broken Arrow Elementary student Gabriel Mathew’s film “Good Prevails.”

There will be a ceremony honoring this year’s winners followed by a reception next Monday, Feb. 26, ahead of the board of education meeting at the Center for Academic Achievement. The ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Westridge Middle School student Ella Coash-Johnson’s mixed-media piece “Different Forest.”

This year’s winners are listed below:

Dance Choreography

  • Primary division: “Reach for It!” by Olive Kerr, Trailwood Elementary
  • Intermediate division: “Heartbeat” by Nora Kate Schumaker, Brookwood Elementary
  • Middle School division: “Struggling Alone” by Violet Paisner, Westwood View Elementary
  • High School division: “Dreams Within Reach” by Maggie Mulligan, Shawnee Mission East High School

Film Production

  • Primary division: “Good Prevails” by Gabriel Mathew, Broken Arrow Elementary
  • Intermediate division: “Within Reach Project” by Leila Elkhamri, Brookridge Elementary
  • Middle School division: “From Zero to Hero” by Lincoln Knowles, Indian Woods Middle School


  • Primary division: “Possible” by Brynn Weiss, Trailwood Elementary
  • Intermediate division: “Stars in the City” by Ishya Bhavsar, Briarwood Elementary
  • Middle School division: “Rosa Parks – A Poem Inspired by Rosa Parks and the Civil Rights Movement” by Kate Whitefield, Indian Hills Middle School
  • High School division: “My Best Friends” by Katerina Brockmann, Shawnee Mission Northwest High School

Music Composition

  • Intermediate division: “Crossroads” by Ishya Bhavsar, Briarwood Elementary
  • Middle School division: “Reaching Within” by Andrew Schnake, Westridge Middle School


  • Primary division: “Reach for Love” by Josie Pflumm, Ray Marsh Elementary
  • Intermediate division: “Love Story” by Emily Anderson, Brookridge Elementary
  • Middle School division: “Beautiful Bubble” by Josie Malara, Mill Creek Elementary
  • High School division: “Harvest Moon” by Natalie Johnson, Shawnee Mission West High School

Visual Art

  • Primary division: “MineCraft M.I.T.” by Tucker Carroll, Belinder Elementary
  • Intermediate division: “So Close But So Far” by Ava Carroll, Belinder Elementary
  • Middle School division: “Different Forest” by Ella Coash-Johnson, Westridge Middle School
  • High School division: “Into the New World” by Ashton Baker, Shawnee Mission East High School

Special Artist

  • Film Production, High School division: “Amazing Movie” by Mary Brazeal, Shawnee Mission East High School
  • Music Composition, Intermediate division: “Talk Like A Kitty” by Charlotte Moore, Belinder Elementary
  • Visual Art, Intermediate division: “MineCraft Pixels” by Brendan Bennett, Shawanoe Elementary
  • Visual Art, High School division: “The Shapes Within” by Parker Burrus, Shawnee Mission East High School