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Diversity Means…

It’s often said that Westporters live in a bubble. There is little diversity here — racial, ethnic or economic. Some people like it that way. Many lament it.

But not seeing diversity doesn’t mean Westport students don’t think about it.

They do. And — as a recent national contest shows — they not only think about it. They articulate it well.

Reflections — an annual arts program sponsored by the national PTA — encourages youngsters to create and submit works of art based on a central theme. This year, it was “Diversity means…”.

Two Westport students won their categories at the state level, and also received national awards. Tia Pogue, a Bedford Middle School 7th grader, won $200 for her film production, titled “Monotony.” It was also recognized in the National PTA Reflections online gallery.

Melanie Mignucci, a Staples High School senior, won the highest honor — Outstanding Interpretation Award Winner — for her essay, “Es La Lluvia Que Le Molesta.” She and one adult will be flown to the National PTA Convention in San Jose, California. She received an $800 prize, with an additional $200 giong to the Staples PTA. She too will be recognized in the annual PTA reflections online gallery.

Congratulations to Westport’s 2 very “diverse” winners.