"I Am Hopeful Because...."
Calling all writers, artists, musicians, poets, dancers, filmmakers, and photographers! The theme for the 2023-24 Reflections contest has been announced: "I Am Hopeful Because..."
What is PTA Reflections? It's a national arts competition held every year where students create art in the following ways:
Find the rules for each category here. There are multiple levels of competition from your local school, to your district, Northern Virginia, Virginia, and National. Jefferson-Houston has had winners all the way up to the state level in the past few years! See past Alexandria winners' work here.
Students participate in the appropriate division for their grade:
Primary (Pre-K - Grade 2)
Intermediate (Grades 3-5)
Middle School (Grades 6-8)
High School (Grades 9-12)
Special Artist (All grades welcome, Students who identify as having a disability and may receive services under IDEA or ADA: Section 504 may enter in the Special Artist Division or grade division most closely aligned to their functional abilities.)
Jefferson-Houston entries due by Oct 27 ! Jefferson-Houston first place winners will advance to Alexandria City-wide competition.
Entering takes 5 min online:
Online entry form (In English and Spanish ) - https://forms.gle/nhPLvBKQdFZVBQHs9
Have questions, contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
"Show Your Voice!......"
Reflections 2022-23 Alexandria City Winners
Visual Arts - Intermediate
Honorable Mention - Samarth Rao
I Show My Voice for Basketball
Visual Arts - Primary
Honorable Mention - Eliana Rukin-Hoffman
Photography - Intermediate
Honorable Mention - Ansel Mangum
Let Your Voice Rise
Music - Intermediate
3rd Place - Hannah Gennarelli
Film - Intermediate
1st Place - Ansel Mangum
Make a Choice and Show Your Voice
Dance - Primary
3rd Place - Rowan Palute
Thanks to our judges!
Cynthia Marie Combs
Jenna Mayfield, Mayfield Photography LLC
NOVA District Winners
Congratulations to our J-H students who were recognized at the NOVA District level! Take a look at the full list here. All six of the J-H entries that won first place at the City level also placed in the NOVA competition! Entries earning the Outstanding Interpretation Award will move on to the state competition.
Outstanding Interpretation Award
Film Production - Primary
Ansel Mangum, The Basics
Awards of Excellence
Dance Choreography - Primary
Ashani Irwin, Roar
Dance Choreography - Intermediate
Saha Irwin, Without Me
Literature - Middle School
Nairobi Dillard, Stop killing
Photography - Primary
Ansel Mangum, No Sickness
Visual Arts - Middle School
Makayla Crenshaw, I matter
Alexandria City Level Winners 2020-2021
Congratulations to our Jefferson-Houston students who placed at the Alexandria City Reflections art program. First place winners will move on to the North Virginia competetion. J-H winners at the City-level are listed below. For a full list of Alexandria City Reflections placements, see this flyer.
First: Ashani Irwin, Roar
First: Saha Irwin, Without Me
First: Ansel Mangum, The Basics
Second: Auden Mangum, I Matter Because I Am Human
Second: Ansel Mangum, Mad the Matter
First: Nairobi Dillard, Stop Killing
Second: Evelyn Gennarelli, Even Me
First: Ansel Mangum, No Sickness
Second: Gemma Cordt, The Natural World
First: Makayla Crenshaw, I matter