This Second Grader Can Do Hard Things


Sarah Pickett, a second-grade student at Beacon Heights, recently represented the state of Utah for Reflections in photography at the National competition. Reflections is a national PTA program that encourages artistic creativity in the classroom and at home. The 2016-2017 theme was “What is Your Story.”

Sarah said she was hiking in St. George and she watched her Dad and her sister climb some red rocks. When they got to the top, they held their hands up as conquerors and Sarah took a picture. Sarah decided to use her picture for her reflections entry and caption it, “My story can be whatever I want because I can do hard things.”

Sarah said she has done other hard things in her life. “I play the violin,” she said. “It can be hard when you trying to get everything right. My first time performing it was a little hard. But it was really fun.”

Sarah first found out she won first place at for K-2 photography at Beacon Heights and won a blue ribbon.“I felt excited because it was my first time doing Reflections,” she said. I was surprised because we were kind of in a hurry, so I only had one night to get it ready because we had been so busy.” Sarah said she finished her entry the night before it was due.

After winning first place at Beacon Heights for K-2 photography, Sarah went on to win first place for the district. She then went on to win first place for the state of Utah. Sarah represented Utah at the National competition in April.

Sarah said she found out yesterday that she did not win nationals but was happy about the chance to represent the state of Utah for K-2 for Reflections. The awards ceremony for the national competition will be in the near future and Sarah hopes to be able to attend.

Author: Amber Callister, Beacon Heights Elementary

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