Congratulations to this year’s WSPTA Reflections award winners! The Reflections programs supports the arts in the Bellevue School District, and is sponsored by Bellevue PTSA Council under the direction of council chair Meribeth Nordloef-Pedersen. Reflections chairs at each school are also instrumental in making this program a success.

Two Bellevue students were named winners at the National PTSA Reflections competition: Tyee Middle School student Linda Yan received the “Outstanding Interpretation” award for Visual Arts for the work “Pages to My Story” and Bellevue High School student Hershey Lande received the “Outstanding Interpretation” award for Photography for the work “Living in Different Worlds.”

Tens of thousands of students across the country and in U.S. schools overseas contributed their original works to be considered for PTA’s highest honor in the arts. A panel of experts reviewed more than 1,000 national round submissions and selected winners based on students’ personal interpretations on the program’s theme and that best exemplified creativity and technical skill.

National Level:

Outstanding Interpretation:
Visual Arts–Middle School–Linda Yan, Tyee Middle School

Award of Merit:
Photography–High School–Hershey Lande, Bellevue High School

Washington State

Outstanding Interpretation:
Visual Arts–High School–Pei Lin He, Bellevue High School
Literature–Primary–Mahat Ainampudi, Eastgate Elementary

Award of Excellence:
Dance Choreography–Primary–Sidhya Ganesh, Spiritridge Elementary
Photography–Middle School–Nicholas Garcia, Highland Middle School
Photography–High School–Pam Kapioski, Bellevue High School
Visual Arts–Middle School–Anya Alameddine, Woodridge Elementary
Visual Arts–Middle School–Emily Feng, Odle Middle School
Visual Arts–Primary–Rachel Han, Somerset Elementary
Visual Arts–High School, Felicity Huang, International School

Award of Merit:
Photography–Middle School–Ethan Seet, Bellevue Big Picture School
Photography–High School–Joelle Tudor, Bellevue High School

The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.