The photograph is subtle, but it makes a statement. To the left, a uniformed soldier salutes the American flag, while to the right, his son plays with GI Joes. Taken by a local middle school student, the photo recently placed second in the nation as part of the National PTA’s annual Reflections contest.
Mychael Willon, a seventh grader at Toano Middle School, took the photograph last fall for the school’s PTA Reflection’s contest. The theme was "Heroes Around Me" and Mychael mulled over several possible ideas for submission before finally deciding on one.
“My dad’s in the Army, and they do so much,” Mychael said. “He’s my hero, he always has been.”