Orange Students Receive State Artistic Accolades
Four Orange School District students received honors at the State-level PTA Reflections Competition for their achievement in the arts. The students are (pictured above left to right): Moreland Hills Elementary School first grader Anna Wolf, Brady Middle School eighth grader Charles Stewart-Bates, MHS fifth grader Andrew Hamilton and MHS second grader Kailey Takaoka.
Students competed at the local level in all artistic venues including music composition, literature, photography, visual arts, dance choreography and film production. Entries followed the theme "Diversity means..." and were submitted in categories by grade level. First place entries at the local level were submitted to the state level where the students above were recognized for highest achievement.
Both Charles Stewart-Bates and Andrew Hamilton earned first place Awards of Excellence in Music Composition in their respective grade level categories and their entries now compete for a national title. Stewart-Bates' composition is called "Diversity Means Sharps and Accidents" and included Charles playing on the saxophone. Hamilton's experience with the violin helped him create the piece "Life".
Anna Wolf's song composition entitled "Everybody's Different" and Kailey Takaoka's literary submission "Diversity Means Getting Along With Others" earned Awards of Merit in the Primary category.
Congratulations to all of our students on this outstanding recognition...and best of luck to Andrew and Charles at the national level!