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2022-2023 Theme: Show Your Voice

Entries Deadline: October 25, 2022

Submission instructions coming soon to this page

 

Reflections is a National PTA arts contest open to students in grades pre-K through 12th grade. While the primary focus of Reflections is a celebration of creativity through positive recognition, finalists from local PTAs will move on to their council PTA (if applicable), then finalists from councils will move on to the state round. Washington State PTA finalists who receive an “Outstanding Interpretation” award will advance to the National PTA round. 

Participate in the PTSA Reflections program by submitting your completed works of art in one or all available art categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts (2D). Students may submit in as many arts categories as they would like, but just one piece per category.

The program has four rounds: Eastlake (Sept-Nov), District/Council (Nov-Jan), State (Jan-Mar) and National (Mar-May). 

Please note some changes from years past: 

- Once all Eastlake entries are scored, only the top 10 will advance to LWPTSA Council (district) level. Entries will be submitted to council by November 10 by the Reflections Chair. 

- Entries may not have more than 100 words in the Artist Statement. Having more can disqualify the entry. 

- Please ready the rules for your entry's category CAREFULLY. Not following them will lead to your entry being disqualified. 

- More specific changes marked below.  

PROGRAM DETAILS

 SPECIAL ARTIST RULES

Student Entry Form

Planning to participate in more than one category? You will need to fill out the online form for each category you enter.  The entry form must be signed by the submitting student (even if it is only a printed first name) and the student’s parent/guardian.

(The due date will be available in September)

Fill in your form online completely, and send it to us at reflections@ehsptsa.org

2022-23 Student Entry Form

Everyone matters! Students who identify as having a disability may enter the Special Artist Division or grade division most closely aligned to their functional abilities. Visit the link to find complete details

 2022-23 Special Artist Rules.

Categories

2022-23 Literature Rules– works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, prose, drama, short stories, and lyrics.

2022-23 Photography Rules: color or black and white, included techniques: photogram, negative sandwich, and multiple exposures. Minimum size is 3"x5" and maximum size is 8"x10". Photo + Matting cannot be bigger than 11"x14".

2022-23 Music Composition Rules – an original musical composition, with or without words.

2022-23 Film Production Rules: original works, with or without sound, of animation, narrative, documentary, experimental, or music video/film.

2022-23 Visual Arts Rules (2D only): drawing, painting in tempera, oil, acrylic, watercolor & t-shirt paints, computer-generated art, two-dimensional collage, printmaking, needlework & leather tooling. Maximum size is 24"x30" (including matting). Max thickness is 1/2" (including matting). 3D is offered in our State; however, it is not accepted by LWSD.

 

 

Have an idea for the next Reflections theme?

Each year, National PTA seeks a theme for the Reflections program year to be held two years from now. This year students are asked to submit a theme for the 2024-2025 program year. The due date for submitting a theme search entry is November 1, 2022 (the entry form will be available soon). The student who submits the winning entry will receive $100 and his or her theme will be presented at the annual National PTA Convention in June 2023. Repeat themes will not be considered. Click here for a list of past themes.

Winners and Finalists - Lake Washington School District

2021-2022

Literature

Award of Excellence:  Vedika Patani (Gr. 10), A World Changed By Her Words 

 

2020-2021

Music Composition

Award of Merit:  Jaeden Kapur (Gr. 11), The Coloring Book

 

2019-2020

Dance Choreography

Outstanding Interpretation Award: Alison Prekeges, The Unknown Demons

Literature

Award of Excellence: Jaeden Kapur, Sand of Snow

Visual Arts

Award of Merit: Yan Zhu, Look Within Our Ocean

Award of Excellence: Kaitlyn Liu, A New Beginning

Outstanding Interpretation Award: Jennifer Yuan, Mendacium

2018-2019

Dance Choreography

Award of Excellence: Alison Prekeges, The Other Side of the Story 

Film Production

Award of Merit: Audrey Liv Gruian, The Truth About Superheroes