FWCS students earn top honors from Indiana PTA - April 24, 2008

Record Number: 4035
Displayed from: Apr 24, 2008 , until: May 24, 2008

Several Fort Wayne Community Schools students were recognized by the Indiana PTA for their entries in the Reflections and Citizenship Essay competitions. The Reflections competition is open to students in kindergarten through 12th grade. This year's theme was "I Can Make a Difference." Students expressed themselves through literature, visual art, photography, dance choreography, film and video production, and musical composition. The Citizenship Essay contest was open to students in fourth through 12th grades. This year's theme was "What Makes America the Beautiful." The Citizenship theme for next year is "Who do you think is the greatest American hero and why?" The theme was suggested by Harris Elementary fourth-grader Colin Wiblin. 2008 Reflections Winners Outstanding Interpretation Elisa McCaleb, Elmhurst High School, Senior (Grades 9-12), Visual Arts Hunter Stillwell, Arlington Elementary, Primary Level (pre-k-grade 2), Photography
Award of Excellence Alexis Haneline, Harris Elementary, Primary Level (pre-k-grade 2), Visual Arts Erika Smallwood, Jefferson Middle School, Middle/Junior (Grades 6-8) Visual Arts Amy McKee, Elmhurst High School, Senior (Grades 9-12), Visual Arts Jordan Robinson, Harris Elementary, Intermediate (Grades 3-5), Photography Chelsea Brookshire, Snider High School, Senior (Grades 9-12), Photography Molly Stronczek, Snider High School, Senior (Grades 9-12), Photography Guadalupe Arzate, Harrison Hill Elementary, Intermediate (Grades 3-5), Literature Michael Saylor, Elmhurst High School, Senior (Grades 9-12), Literature Chad O'Brien, North Side High School, Senior (Grades 9-12), Literature Julia Vergon, Shambaugh Elementary, Primary Level (pre-k-grade 2), Dance Maria Medrano, North Side High School, Senior (Grades 9-12), Dance Alexandria Ellingwood, Forest Park Elementary, Intermediate (Grades 3-5), Music Samuel Schneeman, Harris Elementary, Primary Level (pre-k-grade 2), Film/Video Production Award of Merit Phoenix Amato, Holland Elementary, Primary Level (pre-k-grade 2), Visual Arts Madison Rogers, Harrison Hill, Intermediate (Grades 3-5), Visual Arts Rylee Marks, Harris Elementary, Intermediate (Grades 3-5), Visual Arts Michael Kelley, Forest Park Elementary, Intermediate (Grades 3-5), Visual Arts Chantell James, North Side High School, Senior (Grades 9-12), Photography Rochelle Martin, Northrop High School, Senior (Grades 9-12), Literature 2008 Citizenship Essay Winners Mikayla Unger, Harris Elementary, Elementary Level Grades 4-5, Third Place Madison Potter, Jefferson Middle School, Middle School Level Grades 6-8, Second Place

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.