Speechless Award of Excellence, Intermediate Dance Choreography Corinth Elementary The lyrics of this song are about being treated like an object because you're a girl, but that the singer has a voice and she is going to use it. The choreography in the beginning is meant to show powerlessness, and the scarf over my mouth symbolizes society silencing me. After I take off the scarf and my hair falls out of it's bun the movements become more carefree and powerful. I am more than just a pretty girl. I am strong, smart, brave, and kind. I have a voice and I'm going to use it. I matter.
#COVIDHAPPY Award of Excellence, Middle School Dance Choreography Indian Hills Middle School We made this video on September 27th. Originally we made it for our kindergarten teacher, who was going through some hard times and we also made it for our Great Grandma, who is in the hospital with stomach issues. My siblings and I: Violet, Eloise, and Liam Langford, all danced in this video while the camera was going. I put it together as a film. My siblings go to Briarwood Elementary School and are in 2nd grade. We have been having 'dance parties' in our basement ever since I can remember and during COVID when we were stuck in the house, we would dance for hours at a time. The dance doesn't really have choreography, only the first segment is. The purpose of this video is to add some light to this dark world. 'Because I'm happy and you can clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth'.
We Matter Because We're Different Aware of Excellence, High School Dance Choreography Shawnee Mission East High School I picked the song "Be Nice" because it's about how we should embrace our differences and try our best to be happy. I think we could all use an uplifting tap dance to get us through the hardships of 2020.
I Matter Because I Create Award of Excellence, Intermediate Film Production Highlands Elementary I love creating with LEGOs and making stop motion movies. Bob in my movie is painting a wall with a happy face and then rides an imaginary creature.
Aubrey Van Lerberg
Gen Z Award of Excellence, Middle School Film Production Indian Hills Middle School I want to spread a message not about how I matter but how WE matter.
I Matter Because... Award of Excellence, Primary Literature Prairie Elementary It is an "I Matter" poem. I matter because I am a pet owner, friend, sister, cousin, daughter and am a part of this world.
We All Matter Award of Excellence, Intermediate Literature Trailwood Elementary I chose to write about three people who think that they are useless because it shows that everyone has a purpose in this world. You may find yours earlier or later than other people, but everyone matters. You, your friends, your family, and everyone you've ever known make your mark on the planet, and no matter where you choose to go or why you do these things you matter. This story shows the important lesson that nobody matters more or less than one another, and everyone ever has a purpose.
Ripples Award of Excellence, Middle School Literature Trailwood Elementary There is a girl name Jess, she starts to contemplate why and how she matter in the world.
Mera na Zaina Award of Merit, Middle School Literature Prairie Trail Middle School My work is a narrative titled Mera Na Zaina. This narrative of mine connects back to the theme because the story is about a girl who is an immigrant from India, and comes to California, with her family. Her mother has always told her that she matters and her education matters, and no one can take that away from her. Through her journey she learns about the actual meaning of the American Dream. She even learns about her own importance, and her dreams through her family's support.
Youth and the Universe Award of Excellence, High School Literature Shawnee Mission Northwest High School This reflective essay will discuss the societal myth that, in the the grand scheme of society, we serve little purpose. I reflect on the preservation of innocence and a more childish mindset that allows us to approach life with the assumption that we have something to live for.
Vote Award of Excellence, Intermediate Photography Christa McAuliffe Elementary I walk with my family and we've passed this sign many times. When I thought about the theme "I matter because..." I decided the perfect photo was a kid and the vote sign. you see, I am a kid. One day I will be old enough to vote. And my vote will matter!
Under the Surface Award of Excellence, Middle School Photography Indian Hills Middle School I took this photograph of my sister (Carmen) because I saw the moment that was there and knew it had to be captured. I matter because I can see the goodness and beauty in others. I titled this "Under the Surface" because I see under the surface of others and always to try to think about the water they are swimming in. She is upside down because she looks at the world from a different angle that is her own. This photo recognizes there is much under the surface: I matter because I seek it.
City Hall Occupation Award of Excellence, High School Photography Shawnee Mission Northwest High School Kansas City has one of the highest rates of police killings in the country. This monument of Abraham Lincoln and his son Tad can be found at the City Hall downtown. It is now decorated with signs and posters that demand our Police Department be held accountable for the violence that has been inflicted on our citizens. Hundreds of protesters camped out outside the City Hall in peaceful protest on the weekend of October 10th and many still remain. These protesters share their voice in the fight against police brutality. I was able to go see the monument myself and learn more about the movement. I matter because I can be a part in the change for better by sharing my voice and supporting others in the fight for equality and justice.
I Believe Award of Excellence, Primary Music Composition Briarwood Elementary I matter because I believe I can make a difference. I matter because I believe that I’m unique, unlike anybody else. I matter because I believe that I can help someone. I have happy days and sad days. Just like that, my song has ups and downs. It has a gentle tempo. My song sounds like it changes from a soft breeze to a gusty wind.
Mary Kathryn Mitchell
Faith, Love and Hope Award of Excellence, Intermediate Music Composition Christa McAuliffe Elementary My song relates to the theme because it shows why helping others is a way to show that I matter. When I help others and make a difference, it matters to my community, my family and friends, and myself.
Created Award of Excellence, Middle School Music Composition Indian Hills Middle School Everyone expresses themself in their own special way. And we are always creating and doing and expressing ourselves. In fact I had the idea for this song at one in the morning when I couldn't sleep. My creations have always been special to me because I know that nobody could have done what I have done and made what I have made. This song is part of something that makes me who I am. I matter because of my unique creativity and so does every single human being.
To Show Kindness Award of Excellence, High School Music Composition Shawnee Mission West High School Kindness guides every decision I make. After having dealt with depression for 6 years, I try my best to be emotionally supportive of those around me. Sometimes it can be very difficult to help those around me, especially if I have my own troubles. I matter, and I want to do my best to help others realize that they do matter. The first movement of this piece focuses on depression, and the second one kindness. Also in both movements is a theme of purpose, tying the two movements together.
Nixon’s Future Is Bright Award of Excellence, Primary Visual Art Trailwood Elementary I matter because... I am the future. My words and actions will make the future bright. The future is mine to fill with love.
God Made Me Award of Excellence, Intermediate Visual Art Brookwood Elementary I matter because ... GOD made all of us. My art piece represents God's hands holding the world. And all the little dots on the continents are people. The reason that the dots are different colors is because there's not just one color of skin. And we all matter because God loves us.
Splash Your Canvas Award of Excellence, Middle School Visual Art Prairie Trail Middle School My artwork is made around two key things, an entity, and a canvas. Both represent parts of your life. The “being” in the work, is your life, and based on your decisions, it paints the canvas. The canvas and what's on it, are the consequences of your decisions. The amount of paint shows your successfulness, and the vibrancy of the paint shows how happy and prosperous you are. This relates to the theme by showing you matter because of your life’s work, and you wouldn’t want to leave your canvas empty, so splash it with color!
I Matter Because I Have A Voice Award of Merit, Middle School Visual Art Indian Hills Middle School I matter because I have a voice. My project ties into the theme because it shows why I and my voice matters. I made this piece of visual art to show I will not stay quiet and silence is violence. The girl holding up the sign in the middle of the photography is me at a Black Lives Matter protest and the pictures surrounding her are pictures I took. Everyone has a voice to speak up about what is right and against what is wrong. I matter because I have a voice.
Unmask Your Truth Award of Excellence, High School Visual Art Shawnee Mission Northwest High School I matter because...this statement was difficult to answer in the middle of a pandemic and racial injustices in the news. I wanted to UNMASK my truth. I matter because I am a strong woman, beautiful inside and out, who is proud to be white and black. I matter because I am a leader and role model with an unbreakable voice that promotes positivity and love. I matter because I was taught not to see people by the color of their skin but for the person within. Why do I matter the most? It's because I know YOU matter.