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Eight MISD Students Are WSPTA Reflections Award Winners

Eight MISD Students Are WSPTA Reflections Award Winners
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IMS Student Evie Pyeun's "Declaration of Confidence"
IMS Student Evie Pyeun's "Declaration of Confidence"

Mercer Island, WA, March 9, 2023 - The Mercer Island School District congratulates the eight students who are 2022-23 Award Winners at the state level for the WSPTA Reflections Program. 

Three MISD students received the Outstanding Interpretation award and qualified for the National PTA Reflections Program. Winners at the national level will be announced in early May. 

There is a virtual Reflections Student Celebration on April 27 hosted by the Washington State PTA Reflections Committee. All community members can attend the celebration to recognize the program’s award winners. Attendees must register to attend

Entries of all Mercer Island students in the Reflections Program will be exhibited at the Yuan Ru Art Center in Bellevue on March 25 and 26 from 11am to 4pm. MISD encourages the community to visit the exhibition.

2022-2023 Award Winners of the WSPTA Reflections program 

Film Production

Intermediate (Grades 3-5)
Outstanding Interpretation: Yuhan Sui, A Message to the Earth, Island Park (Advances to Nationals)
Award of Excellence: Mateya Glowitz, When They Say No, West Mercer 

MIHS student Maria Zhang's "Culture"


Middle School (Grades 6-8)
Award of Merit: Dalia Figatner, The Purple-Leaved Tree, Islander Middle School 

Primary (Pre-K through Grade 2)
Award of Merit: Sri Vadlamannati, Be Yourself, Island Park 

Music Composition

High School (Grades 9-12)
Outstanding Interpretation: Ryan Hsi, The Melting Pot, Mercer Island High School (Advances to Nationals)

Primary (Pre-K through Grade 2)
Award of Merit: Vivian Luo, Magic Bird Lovela Saves the Day, Lakeridge


High School (Grades 9-12)
Award of Merit: Maria Zhang, Culture, Mercer Island High School

Visual Arts

Middle School (Grades 6-8)
Outstanding Interpretation: Evie Pyeun, Declaration of Confidence, Islander Middle School (Advances to Nationals)

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