State and National Winners for this year's PTA Relections Contest

Over 25 Visual Arts entries from HMS students were judged locally in December with the top five advancing to the State level of judging.  Eddie and Kiersten were two of the five that advanced to the State level of judging.

At the State level Eddie was awarded the ‘Award of Excellence’ for his entry: When Pigs Fly. Zoe Kirsten was awarded an ‘Award of Merit’ for her entry: Imagining a Future.  Both students are invited to attend the Student Awards Celebration, April 23rd in Knoxville where they will be recognized.

An ‘Award of Merit’ is awarded to up to four entries per category in the state of TN. Zoe Kirstein’s work received this distinction.  An ‘Award of Excellence’ is awarded to one entry per category in the state of TN.



Eddie Truszkowski, 7th grade. Age 12. Art Teacher: Jennifer North-Gabb.

Middle School Grade Division. Visual Arts Category. 5.5” x 11”
Title: When Pigs Fly
Artist Statement: “I always try to be as creative as possible when I do a contest like Reflections, so I tried to make a creative flying pig. It relates to the theme because it’s a pig that dreams of flying. The pig was a mixed media between markers, pencils, and pens.”



Zoe Kirstein, 7th grade. Art Teacher: Jennifer North-Gabb.
Middle School Grade Division. Visual Arts Category. 12” x 18”
Title: Imagining a Future
Artist Statement: “It took me a while to come up with my idea for my entry, but I was finally inspired by the saying “If you can dream it, you can be it.” I thought this would fit perfectly with the theme “Let Your Imagination fly” because I thought I could sketch a girl dreaming of or imagining her future. I wanted to demonstrate a colorful imagination, so I drew my girl in pencil and charcoal, switching to watercolor for her “imagination”.


At the national level, six students from Tennessee were honored.  Amongst the six was Houston High School student Katherine Nowak.  Her nationally recognized film production was considered one of the BEST in the entire country.

You can view her film by watching clicking below.


Idea Done by Katherine Nowak

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