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Syosset Students Honored in National PTA Reflections Program

Syosset High School student Maxwell Greene and A.P. Willits Elementary student Minka Van Berkel are being recognized by the National PTA for their submissions to the annual Reflections student art program.

SHS student Maxwell Greene Received an Award of Excellence in Music Composition for his piece Song of the Travelers. This is Max’s second year as a finalist in the PTA reflections program.

A.P. Willits second grader Minka Van Berkel was awarded the Outstanding Interpretation Award in the Literature category for her story “The Girl Who Was Loud Even Though She Didn’t Speak.” Only seven students nationally were honored with this award.

More than 300,000 students in Pre-K through Grade 12 from across the country submitted creative interpretations of the theme Show Your Voice as part of the 2022-2023 Reflections program. The long-running National PTA program encourages students to explore their thoughts, feelings and ideas through dance, film production, literature, music composition, photography, and visual arts. The awards honor creative interpretations of the theme.

Congratulations Max and Minka on this amazing accomplishment!