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WA State Reflections Finalists

WA State Reflections finalists have just been announced! Two Riverview students received awards this year - one a Carnation Elementary studentwho received an Award of Merit in the primary photography category for her entry “Heart Ring,” and a Cedarcrest student, who received an Award of Merit in the high school visual arts category for her entry “Divine Intervention.”

Full finalist list can be found here: https://wastatepta.org/events-programs/reflections/

Thank you to all of our Tolt students who shared their art with us this year! Next year’s theme is “Accepting Imperfection” - we can’t wait to see what it inspires!

Eight pieces featured in the Washington State PTSA Reflections collage.

      Top Row, L to R

"Requiem for a Tree" by Justis Truitt, Grade 7, Bellevue International School PTSA 2.3.121, Award of Excellence honoree

"Hello Sunshine" by Trevor Kim, Grade 9, Bellevue High PTSA 2.3.148, Outstanding Interpretation honoree

"Divine Intervention" by Alexis Lehner, Grade 10, Cedarcrest High School PTSA 2.16.35, Award of Merit honoree

"Breathe" by Lily Andrews, Grade 11, Raisbeck Aviation

High PTSA 9.5.747, Outstanding Interpretation honoree

Bottom Row, L to R

"Confidence From Within" by Vivian Li, Grade 10, Tesla STEM PTSA 2.8.105, Outstanding Interpretation honoree

"Blossoming hope" by Amy Hu, Grade 5, Audubon Elementary PTSA 2.8.5, Outstanding Interpretation honoree

"The Winding Path of Curiosity" by Kirill E. Kadach, Grade 8, Redmond Middle PTSA 2.8.80, Outstanding Interpretation honoree

    "Blues Skies Ahead" by Evelina Raychel Barasona, Grade 7, Snoqualmie Middle School PTA 2.18.33, Award of Excellence honoree

Reflections Overview For Families and Students

Reflections is a National PTA arts recognition program that helps students explore their own thoughts, feelings, and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence, and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful not only in school but in life.

Students in pre-K through grade 12 create original works of art in response to a theme. The theme for the 2023-2024 program will be “I am Hopeful Because…”

Students submit their completed works of art in one or more of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts. 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.

Young artists get involved by contacting their local PTA leaders. The deadline for turning in artwork to your local PTA will typically be in late autumn. Local PTAs and councils can choose to accept physical entries or virtual. Only virtual submissions will be sent to the WSPTA level for judging.

The theme of the 2023-2024 program is “I am Hopeful Because…” All skill levels are encouraged to participate. How you choose to interpret the theme is completely up to you! We look forward to seeing and celebrating what you are hopeful for.

Tips for completing your entry form

Give your artwork a meaningful title, make sure that you complete the entire form, including signatures, and that you have a solid artist statement. The artist statement is an important piece, and should explain how your art ties to the theme “I am Hopeful Because…” You could share what inspired you, and what materials you used.

 

You can find entry forms here, in Mrs. Lagace’s classroom, or the front office. For more information on the Reflections Art Program, https://www.wastatepta.org/events-programs/reflections/

The due date is Wednesday, October 18th. Students submit their completed art and entry form to the front office or Mrs. Lagace’s classroom.

Questions? Contact our chair: Tara Culbertson at toltptsareflections@gmail.com.

*Digital entries can be emailed to toltptsareflections@gmail.com.

Theme Search for 2025-2026

Each year, the National PTA seeks a theme for the Reflections program year to be held two years from now. The list of finalists for the 2025-2026 program year will be announced in November.

The student who submits the winning entry will receive $100. Their theme will be presented at the annual National PTA Convention in June 2024. Click here for a list of past themes.

Click here to go to the Reflections Theme Search online entry form.

Click here to watch a 5-minute video walking through the entry form.