Stillwater Elementary PTA  2.16.24   •   Serving Duvall & Carnation, WA   •     Riverview School District

Kicking Off the 2017-2018 Reflections Contest

Last week the PTSA held a lunch time pizza party for those students who participated in the 2016-2017 Reflections contest in the fall of 2016. We use the opportunity to not only celebrate those students but to also speak to the entire student body about Reflections, introduce them to the 2017-2018 theme and encourage they work on their projects over the summer. See additional details for the 2017-2018 below.

The 2017-2018 Reflections Theme is Within Reach. Entries will be due October 27, 2017.

A student may submit an entry in any of six arts areas. Only original works of art are accepted. The six art areas are:

  • Literature – works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, prose, drama, short stories and lyrics.
  • Music Composition – original musical composition, with or without words.
  • Photography: color or black and white, including techniques: photo-gram, retouched, montage, sandwich and multiple exposure.
  • Visual Arts: drawing, painting in tempera, oil, acrylic, watercolor & t-shirt paints, computer generated art, two-dimensional collage, printmaking, needlework & leather tooling.
  • Film/Video: original works, with or without sound, of animation, narrative, documentary, experimental or music video/film.
  • Choreography/Dance: originally choreographed dance composition.

Washington State PTA has not yet released the official entry form or rules for the 2017-2018 contest. However, you can reference the 2016-2017 contest rules, by visiting this page on our website That should give you an idea of the rules on mediums and dimensions before your students start their projects. READ THE RULES! We can’t send any projects forward that violate the rules. We’ll be updating this webpage when the new rules and entry form are released.

Participation is organized by student age and grade levels. Student works are critiqued against others in the same grade division. This allows recognition and judging of artworks by appropriate developmental age and skill levels. The grade divisions are:

  • Primary: Preschool – Grade 2
  • Intermediate: Grades 3 – 5
  • Middle/Junior: Grades 6 – 8
  • Senior: Grades 9 – 12

Entries are judged on creative ability and interpretation of the theme. The program is structured for PTAs to recognize students at the local, council, state, and national levels. Entries are first judged at the local level and selected works are chosen to represent the PTA at each subsequent level.

Once entries reach the state level, the state PTA may select up to four entries in each of the six arts areas (a total of 24) to submit to the National PTA. National first, second, and third place, and honorable mention entries are recognized at the National PTA Annual Convention.

Questions? Please reach out to our lead Reflections Volunteer, Brooke Cheney at reflections [at] stillwaterptsa [dot] org.