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West Jordan Journal

Story of hope wins National PTA Reflections award

Jun 06, 2024 09:54AM ● By Jet Burnham

National PTA Reflections winner Alivia Millet celebrates with Hayden Peak Elementary Assistant Principal Jennifer Smith, her mother Kenda Millet and Region 6 PTA representatives Julie Brunner and Jessica Navarro. (Jet Burnham/City Journals)

Hayden Peak Elementary sixth-grader Alivia Millet won a National PTA Reflections Award of Merit for Literature. This year’s theme “I am hopeful because…" inspired her short story about a girl reading her Polish grandmother’s 1940s journal to learn about hope during difficult times.

Alivia said she has entered the Reflections contest every year since kindergarten in a variety of categories, but she especially loves the literature category.

“I've always been an introvert and the way I express myself is through writing, so it’s helped me to kind of show more about myself,” she said.

Fourteen Utah students, including three from Jordan School District, received an award at the national level of the PTA Reflections contest, which invites K-12 students to creatively interpret a theme through six artistic categories. Next year’s theme is “Accepting Imperfection.” λ