Fourteen Cherokee County School District students recently earned first place through the 2020-21 Georgia PTA Reflections fine arts contest.

This annual competition offers students in all grades and abilities the opportunity to create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. In the competition, students can earn recognition at the school, district, state and national levels. This year’s theme was “I Matter Because...”

First, second and third-place winners were presented as winners at the county level. The first- and second-place winners advanced to the state competition, where 35 CCSD students placed, including 14 taking home top honors.

The following first-place students advanced to nationals: Charlee Champion, a first grader at Free Home Elementary School, Preston Johnson, a Dean Rusk Middle School, eighth grader, LeBlanc, a second grader at Little River Elementary School, Walt Ordahl, a seventh grader at Creekland Middle School, Keirthen Titus, a fifth grader at Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy and Evan Weber, a sophomore at Etowah High school.

“We value the arts as an important part of every student’s learning experience and greatly appreciate the PTA for recognizing artistic excellence,” Cherokee County Superintendent Brian Hightower said in a news release. “Congratulations to all of our award-winning artists — we are proud of your creativity and dedication.”

Hightower and the Cherokee County School Board will honor the students with a virtual recognition at the May school board meeting.

CCSD State Reflections Winners

First Place

  • Charlee Champion, Free Home Elementary School, first grade, photography
  • Preston Johnson, Dean Rusk Middle School, eighth grade, photography
  • Cameron LeBlanc, Little River Elementary School, second grade, music
  • Mackenzie McKay, Creekland Middle School, sixth grade, dance
  • Reese Nunley, Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy, fourth grade, dance
  • Walt Ordahl, Creekland Middle School, seventh grade, music
  • Summer Pierce, Creekview High School, ninth grade, 3D visual arts
  • Abigail Rickert, Creekland Middle School, sixth grade, 3D visual arts
  • Maggie Smith, Mill Creek Middle School, eighth grade, literature
  • Addy Teasley, Knox Elementary School STEM Academy, kindergarten, 3D visual arts
  • Will Teasley, Knox Elementary School STEM Academy, third grade, film
  • Keirthen Titus, Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy, fifth grade, photography
  • Charli Wallace, Free Home Elementary School, fourth grade, 3D visual arts and photography
  • Evan Weber, Etowah High School, 10th grade, theme search

Second Place

  • Ellie Grace Adams, Sixes Elementary School, second grade, dance
  • Abby Dahlberg, Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy, first grade, photography
  • Alexis Darden, Cherokee High School, 12th grade, 2D visual arts
  • Layne Davidson, Dean Rusk Middle School, seventh grade, music
  • Kate Hamlin, Little River Elementary School, third grade, literature
  • Olivia Kennison, Mill Creek Middle School, seventh grade, film
  • Elizabeth Marzak, Mill Creek Midle School, eighth grade, literature
  • Sarah Grace Pfanstiel, Cherokee High School, ninth grade, photography
  • Marissa Sedowicz, Creekland Middle School, seventh grade, dance
  • Lyla Ward, Bascomb Elementary School, second grade, photography
  • Ryan Weber, E.T. Booth Middle School, eighth grade, photography

Third Place

  • Makenzie Bird, Cherokee High School, ninth grade, music
  • Abby Bishop, Woodstock Middle School, eighth grade, dance
  • Madeline Buckley, Little River Elementary School, fifth grade, literature
  • David Gober, Creekview High School, ninth grade, photography
  • Sophia Melbourne, Cherokee High School, 10th grade, photography
  • Caitlien Nguyen, Creekview High School, 11th grade, music
  • Rohan Pandya, E.T. Booth Middle School, sixth grade, 3D visual arts
  • Katie Rickert, Creekland Middle School, seventh grade, 3D visual arts
  • Madison Wall, Sequoyah High School, 12th grade, 2D visual arts
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