Arts Accolades in PTA Reflections

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Four East Islip students – Elizabeth Hillman, Fallon Juengerkes, Michael Orgera and Kiara Zeledon – made it to the state level of the 2016-2017 PTA Reflections contest, an annual national student recognition program that seeks to encourage artistic creativity in the classroom and at home. Inspiring original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts, this year’s common theme was “What Is Your Story?”

RCKl third-grader Kiara Zeledon’s entry in the field of dance choreography, “Human”, won the Suffolk County Award of Excellence and New York State Award of Excellence, going on to compete at the national level.

“I did a lyrical contemporary dance about how I feel when I try out for parts in dance class and don’t get them,” said Zeledon, who won at the county and state level last year for her dance “Girl on Fire.”

Another RCK student, fifth-grader Fallon Juengerkes, received the Suffolk County Award of Merit in the literature category for “The Best Day and the Worst Day of My Life.”

“I thought deeply about the best and worst days of my life,” said Juengerkes. “I wrote about when my mom was going through treatments for breast cancer and how I felt when she was finished and all better.”

JFK fifth-grader Michael Orgera earned the Suffolk County Award of Excellence and New York State Award of Merit in visual arts for his piece “Looking through the Lens.” Orgera won a National Award of Excellence last year for his work “Mom,” which is now featured as part of a special exhibit at the Department of Education in Washington, DC.

East Islip High Schools senio Elizabeth Hillman won her second consecutive Suffolk County Award of Merit for her music composition “The Journey Continues.”

The students were honored at a recent Board of Education meeting, and presented with certificates by Board President Christopher Zachry and Superintendent John V. Dolan.