Roswell High School Senior Named PTA State Reflections Winner

Roswell High School Senior Jack Fallon has been awarded first place in Georgia for music composition and was selected for entry into the National PTA Reflections competition. Fallon’s entry was an original musical composition for piano and strings titled “Transfixture.” His work will be judged on the national level and results will be released later this spring.

In addition, Junior Claire Mulkey was awarded third place for her literature entry.

The Reflections Program, open to students in preschool through 12th grade, honors students’ artistic abilities. The theme of the 2020-21 competition is “I Matter Because,” and students created projects around their interpretation of this idea.

“The Reflections program encourages student creativity, and we’re proud of all the students that placed,” explained Principal Dr. Robert Shaw. “We’re proud of Jack for his first-place award and wish him luck in the national competition.”

According to their website, the PTA Reflections program is designed to enhance quality arts education for students, encouraging them to create works of art in the areas of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts.

Fallon’s piece is two and a half minutes long and was created using a digital arts software program.

“While writing this song, the music seems to be trance-like, hence the name ‘Transfixture,’ but it reminded me of all the times where I was so captivated in a moment that nothing else mattered to me, and that those experiences are why life really matters and just the thought that at least one other person might feel that way through my music makes me feel like I truly matter,” said Fallon.

He began playing piano 11 years ago.

“It’s not the first piece I’ve compose but it is the first piece I’ve finished,” he explained. “I’ve always been able to hear songs and replicate them on the piano. That helps me write songs and have ideas for songs.”

The Roswell High School PTSA encourages student participation each year in the PTA Reflections Program.

“It gets students to do some deep thinking and think about thing that are outside the realms of stuff that they’re normally learning in school and lets them have some fun with it,” explained Ed Klaas, Roswell High School PTSA’s 2020-21 co-president. “This gives them an outlet for their competitive spirit to flourish in a different environment. It opens doors and gives them differentiators for college and gives them the opportunity to showcase something they might love.”

For more information on the national PTA Reflections Program, visit https://www.pta.org/home/programs/reflections, and for information on the state-wide PTA Reflections Program, visit https://www.georgiapta.org/reflections/reflections-submission-info.