Ogden student wins National PTA contest, sets theme for next year

Sunday , April 15, 2018 - 5:00 AM

OGDEN — If you ask Enashele Campbell how it feels to win a national contest, she will say “a little good.”

The truth is that Enashele, 6, is a big deal. She is the first Utahn to pitch a theme to the National PTA Reflections program and win the contest.

Enashele’s theme, “Look Within,” was selected from 24 participating states as the official theme for the 2019-20 school year, said Jennifer Kalm, Utah PTA individual development commissioner. Students will have a chance to reflect on the theme through dancing, film production, literature, visual arts, music composition and photography.

Enashele is a student at H. Guy Child Elementary. She said she initially wanted the theme to be “Look Inside My Heart,” but changed it after her parents suggested a shorter theme.

“That theme, I just wanted to choose it because it would look a little bit more cool than the other one we chose,” Enashele said.

Her mom, Treszka Campbell, said she was not expecting Enashele to win since she was competing against students from across the state and the nation.

Enashele submitted her theme around September and her mother got an email in November with the news that Enashele was a finalist. The email was followed by a phone call a couple of months later announcing Enashele was the national winner.

Treszka Campbell, 30, thought the email meant her daughter was either the state finalist or the state winner.

“So when we got to the school somebody was like ‘this is so amazing, it’s so big’,” Treszka Campbell said. “I was like ‘not really, it’s just for the state of Utah’ … It was pretty exciting!”

Enashele was presented with a banner and a plaque March 23 at a surprise assembly at her elementary school.

Kalm said the organization received more than 130 theme ideas from students across the state. The Utah PTA Board of Directors voted on the entries and submitted five of them to the national organization.

She said programs like these benefit students and the community.

“The arts — and Utah PTA Reflections program — support student success and serve as a valuable tool for building partnerships in our school communities,” Kalm said.

The theme, Treszka Campbell said, is a reflection of the type of values her daughter has.

“She is kind of a creative little mind … she just is really into looking inside and looking at her heart,” Treszka Campbell said. “She’s a very sweet individual.”

Contact education reporter Sergio Martínez-Beltrán at [email protected] or 801-625-4274. Follow him on Twitter @SergioMarBel and like him on Facebook at Facebook.com/STANDARDEXSergio.

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