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Charles Rushe Middle School students earn top honors in PTA's Reflections competition

Two students from Charles Rushe Middle School have been selected as winners in the district Reflections competition sponsored each year by PTA.

Sixth-grader Jacob Van Deilen earned first place at his school and was one of two top winners in the district for Film Production following the theme "Together We Can." Classmates Nic Calvo and Miguel Castro were featured in the film depicting how two friends who are lost put their heads together to find their way out of the woods during a weekend camping trip. "I like making movies because you take any kind of story and bring it to life," said Jacob, who might one day pursue a career making comedy films or herpetology (the study of snakes) and is currently working on a movie for the Jim Harbin FAME contest.

Eighth-grader Libbi Ponce, 13, landed first place in Visual Arts in both the school and district competition for her painting depicting the arms of cheerleaders working together to toss and catch "fliers."

A familiar artist at the school, Libbi's artwork is featured in the school office and on T-shirts designed for the school's Red Ribbon Week 3K Walk/Run and the 2010-2011 Book Battle Team. She credits language arts teacher Laurie Gilliam for encouraging students to enter the Reflections contest and is working on an entry for "Doodle for Google." Although art is her talent, Libbi hopes to one day execute her art designing artificial lungs and hearts in the field of biomedical engineering.

Both students now move on to state competition with results announced in April.

Charles Rushe Middle School students earn top honors in PTA's Reflections competition 03/08/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 8:22pm]
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