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Elmhurst District 205 student advancing to national creativity program

ELMHURST – One Jefferson Elementary School student will get to present a piece of writing on the national level as a part of the PTA Reflections competition, according to a news release from Elmhurst Community School District 205.

Noveena Thakar advanced to the national competition in literature for her piece "How I Got My Favorite Color," featuring the work of young artists across the country in May.

The program invites students to create works of art in an array of categories, including dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. This year's theme was "What is Your Story?"

Joseph Zbiegiel of Emerson and Anisa Connor of Fischer were both given special artist awards at the state level in visual arts for their works, "2 Pikachu" and "Midnight Moon."

Four other District 205 students were given Honorable Mention status at the recent state competition April 7 and 8:

• Amelia Marrow, Field – "Hearing Aids" in literature

• Alejandro Goetz, Field – "The Tree of Me" in visual arts

• Isabella Nichols, Emerson – "Pulled Under" in visual arts

• Maddie Devine, Jefferson – "Brighter Than the Sun" in dance

To learn about the Illinois PTA Reflections program, visit

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