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Gwinnett students earn top honors in national PTA competition

GCPS students shine in national PTA honors

Gwinnett students earn top honors in national PTA competition

May 18, 2018

     Three Gwinnett County Public Schools students have been recognized by the National PTA for their artistic talents. Elisha L. Castillo of Duncan Creek Elementary School, Kameron Owens of North Gwinnett Middle School and Julian Bass of Brookwood High School competed against students from around the country in the 2018 National PTA Reflections Contest. Owens and Bass earned Awards of Excellence at the middle school and high school divisions, respectively, while Castillo earned a Merit Award in the Primary Division.

     Contestants were asked to create an original work—in one of six categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts— using the theme “Heroes Around Me.” Judges looked for personal interpretations of the program theme that best exemplified creativity and technical skill.





Elisha L. Castillo

Duncan Creek ES

Dance Choreography

Your Dreams Are Within Reach If You Work Hard!

Kameron Owens 

North Gwinnett MS

Film Production Awards

Hope Is Within Reach

Julian Bass 

Brookwood HS

Film Production Awards

Take It


     As a Merit Award winner, Castillo received a Bronze Medal; a Certificate of Merit; and her work will be featured in a traveling exhibition.  Both Owens and Bass received a $200 Young Artist Scholarship as Award of Excellence winners. They also received a Silver Medal, a Certificate of Excellence; and their work will be featured in a traveling exhibition.

     This is the second time that Bass has received a national honor through the Reflections Program. He received the Award of Excellence for his Film Production titled “Believe! You Can Get There!” as an eighth grade student at Five Forks Middle School.

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