Young Londonderry artists inspired to create
LONDONDERRY -- Some painted or drew, others sang or danced.
No matter what medium they chose, each of the 200 or so students to participate in this year's Reflections exhibit had their chance to shine Saturday evening during a district-wide reception at Londonderry Middle School.
Sponsored by the Matthew Thornton PTA, the theme of this year's event was "Believe, Dream, Inspire."
Students in grades one through six were eligible to compete, with young artists from Londonderry Middle, Matthew Thornton, Moose Hill, North and South schools all taking part in Saturday's event.
The works of Saturday's top-achieving artists will move on to the statewide competition, which will be held March 12 at Gilbert H. Hood Middle School in Derry.
For North Elementary School fifth-graders Haley Hines and Kathryn Hallee, deciding on their favorite form of self-expression was pretty much a no-brainer. The two pals both love music and had no problem hopping up on stage together for a performance of Christina Perri's "Jar of Hearts.
Matthew Thornton fourth-grader Allie Curran said she was inspired to pen a poem in homage to her favorite sports team, the Boston Red Sox.
Her poem, "From Last To First" shares her excitement over the team's recent World Series victory.
Matthew Thornton fifth-grader Alexandria Hodgson sang not one but two songs by one of her favorite performers, Victoria Justice, while North Elementary third-grader Madelyn Priestly didn't have to go far for inspiration.
"My dad inspires me because he's very good at art too," she said of her drawing.
Second-grader Isabella Kneidrel's drawing of her family hinted at lofty goals.
"I believe I will be a queen when I grow up," the North Elementary student wrote.
Kindergarten student Grace Scanlon, whose photograph of her own ballet-slipper clad feet earned her a blue ribbon, admitted her first attempts at her craft didn't quite go as planned."I broke a camera the first time," the Moose Hill School student said with a giggle.
Grace's older sister, Paige Scanlon, won a blue ribbon for her essay about her father and her uncle.
"They both taught me all about being an artist," the North School second-grader said.