Garland ISD students win honors from Texas PTA

While none of our Reflections entries that were advanced to state competition will advance to National PTA level competition, five of the GISD Council of PTAs winners earned recognition from Texas PTA.

Awards of Excellence:

  • Makayla Mathis, a student at Watson Technology Center for Math and Science, was honored for her dance choreography piece entitled “If You Can Dream Dance.”
  • Landon Girdler, a student at Beaver Technology Center for Math and Science, was honored for his film production entitled “Worth the Wait.”
  • Kiri Luckey, a student at the Classical Center at Brandenburg Middle School, was honored for her dance choreography piece entitled “Being Free.”

Award of Merit:

  • Allison Cain, a student at Walnut Glen Academy for Excellence, was honored for her visual arts entry entitled “Dreaming of Animation.”

Honorable Mention:

  • Deanna Hayes, a student at Garland High School, was honored for her literature entry entitled “Believe, Dream, Inspire: Spreading Compassion to all Living Things.

All five students will be honored at the Spring Luncheon on May 1.

Students Recognized at January 9, 2014 Reflections ceremony

Talented students from across the district, accompanied by family and friends, came to be recognized. Entries earning “Outstanding” awards have all advanced to the Texas PTA (state) level judging. We anticipate that the state results will be posted on the Texas PTA website by March 5th.

Psyched and ready for next year? Encourage your students to start thinking about the 2014-15 theme:
“The world would be a better place if...”

A big thank you to everyone who helped with the Reflections judging and the awards ceremony. We had a wonderful turn out for the ceremony.

View the list of local Council award winners

Beaver Technology Center PTA Wins Honors

The newsletter produced by the campus PTA earned "Gold Award" honors from Texas PTA during the Summer Leadership Seminar held in July at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, TX.

Students earn honors in 2013 Texas PTA Reflections judging

Several of the entries that advanced to state-level judging in the annual Reflections contest received recognition. They include:


  • Honorable Mention
    Primary Film Production
    Makala Mathis
    Watson Technology Center for Math & Science
    What Does the Magic of the Moment Mean to Me?
  • Honorable Mention
    Intermediate Photography
    Lauren Crook
    Armstrong Elementary School
    Leaf Magic
  • Honorable Mention
    Intermediate Visual Arts
    Joseph Martin
    Walnut Glen Academy for Excellence
    A Magical Imagination

Middle School

  • Honorable Mention
    Middle Junior Visual Arts
    Jesse Funkhauser
    Jackson Technology Center for Math & Science
    Under the Stars
  • Award of Excellence
    Middle Junior Literature
    Linh Nguyen
    Austin Academy for Excellence
    Not Yet
  • Award of Merit
    Intermediate Literature
    Elijah Wilson
    Classical Center at Vial Elementary School
    The Speed Bump of Doom

High School

  • Award of Merit
    Senior Literature
    Allison Wainscott
    South Garland High School
    The Moment



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