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Gianna Untied Leonard, an 8th grader at Burns Middle School Displays her art at Dali Museum

Student receives surreal surprise from teacher during eLearning

May 09, 2020 - Student Success

Recently, our winning student art pieces were announced for participation in the annual Hillsborough Student Surrealism Art Exhibition through the Dali Museum of Art. This year 106 middle and high school student artists were considered finalists. The winners were supposed to be on exhibition at the Dali Museum, but due to the pandemic, they are now online and available for public viewing. 

One of this year's honorable mention winners was Gianna Untied Leonard, an 8th grader at Burns Middle School.

"The Dali Museum staff made adaptations to display students work virtually to ensure all students got a chance for their work to be enjoyed. And one of our amazing art teachers, Pam Reeves, had the same mindset to recognize hard work and bring on some smiles in trying times," said Erin Saladino, Supervisor of Art Education in Hillsborough Schools.  

art surpriseWhen hearing that Gianna won such a prestigious award, Pam Reeves realized that now more than ever, being fussed over and celebrated is something Gianna might need. With mom's permission, Pam surprised Gianna with a celebratory pizza, and in creative artist fashion, Mrs. Reeves customized and decorated the box.

I wanted to congratulate my student that won the Dali Honorable Mention, so I surprised her at home with a pizza delivery—with moms 100% approval. It was fun celebrating the arts with her despite the pandemic," said Pam Reeves, Art Teacher at Burns Middle School.

artWith Gianna being one of the many 8th graders missing out on the memorable and culminating experiences of their middle school, this is one memory that will stick. Her art teacher cared so much about her to go above and beyond to bring her a smile!







Student artwork for the Dali Student Surrealist Art Exhibition can be viewed via the Dali Museum website at