On his way: Milam Elementary student advances to national contest

Student imaginations soared in dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography, and visual arts as they created artwork for the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Reflections Contest.

Out of the 30 students in Texas who will be advancing to the national competition, only one student is from the Rio Grande Valley, and he is part of the Harlingen City Council PTA.

Argelio Alonso, a fourth-grade Special Artist participant from Ben Milam Elementary, let his imagination fly far above the competition and will be taking his entry, “I am the Teacher,” to compete at the national level.

Alonso was eager to participate when his teacher let the class know about the competition.

“He wanted to do a video about himself. He said he wanted everybody to see him teach,” says Life Skills Teacher, Stephanie Aguilar. “He wants to go to college so he can become a teacher to teach kids math and words of the week.”

Alonso picked the students who would assist with his video. He assigned everyone a role. One of his classmates helped record, others acted as the students, and Alonso took the role of instructor.

“He put them in order, and he would say ‘stop, stop, stop’, and ‘start again’ when the kids were not listening to him. It took a few takes, but everyone did a fantastic job,” says Aguilar.

Every school year, the PTA Reflections program gives students across the United States the opportunity to submit artwork that is recognized at the local, regional, and national levels. At every level of the competition, entries are judged based on interpretation of the theme and creativity.

The 2015-2016 theme was “Let your Imagination Fly”. More than 1,000 entries were submitted to the Texas PTA, and more than 400 students received awards for their creativity, but only 30 students will be advancing to the national level.

Students who received an Honorable Mention, Award of Merit, Award of Excellence or an Overall Award of Excellence have been invited to attend the Student Recognition and Awards Ceremony in League City, Texas on April 30.

Results for the national level competition are expected in June.

Photos of the PTA reflections Award winners recognized earlier this year can be found at photos.hcisd.org/DistrictEvents-2.

Below are the PTA state-level results for HCISD students:

Overall Award of Excellence:

Argelio Alonso, Special Artist Film Production

I am the Teacher

Ben Milam Elementary

Award of Excellence:

Jacob Fraga, High School Photography

Bookmark Your Dream

Harlingen High School South

Award of Merit:

Nathan Mowers, Intermediate Photography

On The Wings of Imagining

Treasure Hills Elementary

David Ramos, Intermediate Literature

A Day in the Great Chicago Fire

Stuart Place Elementary

Sofia Trevino, Primary Visual Arts

Library Books

Bonham Elementary

Sofia Trevino, Primary Photography

Let’s Read

Bonham Elementary

Honorable Mention:

Allyson Benavides, High School Literature

Secrets of the Rainforest

Harlingen High School South

Victoria Gonzalez, Middle Junior Photography

A Beautiful Flight

Memorial Middle School

Daniella Hernandez, Special Artist Photography


Ben Milam Elementary

Isabella Martinez, High School Film Production

What’s Left of Me

Harlingen High School South