Just a few days after the Westerville City Schools Board of Education recognized 13 student artists for advancing to the state level of the 2014-15 PTA Reflections competition, it was announced that Alcott Elementary School fifth-grader Lily Wood earned accolades at the national contest.

Just a few days after the Westerville City Schools Board of Education recognized 13 student artists for advancing to the state level of the 2014-15 PTA Reflections competition, it was announced that Alcott Elementary School fifth-grader Lily Wood earned accolades at the national contest.

Wood received an Award of Merit in the Intermediate Literature Division for her entry titled, "The World Would Be a Better Place if No One had to be Homeless." She will be honored June 27 at the National PTA Convention in Charlotte, N. C., June 27. She also was to be recognized locally May 13 at the Westerville Parent Council meeting.

This past school year, nearly 300,000 students in more than 8,000 schools across the country and in U.S. schools overseas contributed their original works in Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography and Visual Arts to be considered for PTA's highest honor in the arts. For each category, one Award of Outstanding Interpretation, three Awards of Excellence and five Awards of Merit are bestowed at the national level.