Poly Drivers: Poly artists advance to state level


After months of learning and creating, several Poly Drive students have advanced to the state level competition of the National PTA’s Reflections Arts program.

This national competition has six categories: Photography, Dance Choreography, Film Production, Music Composition, Literature, and Visual Arts. Each year a different theme is chosen. This year, the theme is What’s Your Story? Students must submit a written piece, or artist statement along with their final work that makes a connection between their work and the theme. The work is first judged by category and age division within each school. The first and second place winners from each category advance to the state level. State level judging takes place in February. The first place entries at the state level advance to the National Level on March 1. National level winners will be announced on May 1.

Our group of 14 Poly Drive artists met twice a month to learn about composition, and art history, and to try new materials. Chairperson Deva Gallagher led the artists in their explorations and learning. Each student produced a final piece based upon the theme. The first and second place winners for each division/ category are:

Visual Arts grades K-2
1. Sadie R
2. Iris G

Visual Arts grades 3-5
1. Maren R
2. Caroline K

Literature grades 3-5
Leela O

The group’s work will be displayed at the Poly Drive talent show on February 24. The work will also be displayed at a local art gallery, and at Poly Drive School. Please e-mail Deva Gallagher at gdevatom@yahoo.com if you have a child interested in the arts, and would like to be added to the list for next year.
Congratulations to all our Poly Drive artists for their efforts! And a huge thank you to Deva for her dedication and expertise in this process, as well as the parents for supporting their artists.