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EARLY YEARS: Roanoke County student wins National PTA Reflections Contest

Ally Burrow proudly displays her trophy as the National PTA Reflections Contest Intermediate Division winner in photography.
Ally Burrow proudly displays her trophy as the National PTA Reflections Contest Intermediate Division winner in photography.(WDBJ)
Published: Jun. 18, 2019 at 11:20 AM EDT
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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the National Reflections Contest, and there's a hometown connection.

Over the years, WDBJ7 has followed five year old Meg Burrow's amazing journey, as she faces multiple challenges with the rare condition called cerebellar hypoplasia, which limits her speech and movement.

This time, though, it's her big sister, Ally, who's in the spotlight for taking this photo of Meg.

"Meg, my little sister she struggles with the most basic things, but she's got the biggest smile on her face. So, that made me really want to take this picture," says Burrow.

Ally Burrow entered her photo of Meg into the PTA Reflections Contest at her school.

The 11-year-old became the national winner in the Intermediate Division for photography.

"Heroes Around Me" was this year's theme, and Burrow named her photo, "My Tiny Champion."

She read an excerpt from the accompanying essay:

"Meg, my little sister, who has a disability, struggles to do the most basic things, but always does it with the biggest smile on her face. That's why she's my hero."

Burrow will get to attend a red carpet event on Saturday, June 22nd in Columbus, Ohio, and also wins an 800- dollar scholarship.

You can see the full list of this year's winners, and learn more about the National Reflections Contest, by clicking on the link to the right of this story.

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