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"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:

  • Dance Choreography

  • Visual Arts

  • Photography

  • Film Production

  • Music Composition 

  • Literature

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 )


Have questions, contact us at:

Past Winners

"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

Clean World

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

Kindness Dance

Thanks to our judges!

Sandesh Kadur

Chandresh Kedhambadi

Cynthia Marie Combs

Mona Sehgal

Rodney Avery

Daya Devaiah

Jenna Mayfield, Mayfield Photography LLC

Tomoko Kamasumi

Sara Lavan

Gillian Ray

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.

Dance Choreography


First: Ashani Irwin, Roar


First: Saha Irwin, Without Me

Film Production


First: Ansel Mangum, The Basics


Second: Auden Mangum, I Matter Because I Am Human




Second: Ansel Mangum, Mad the Matter

Middle School

First: Nairobi Dillard, Stop Killing

Music Composition


Second: Evelyn Gennarelli, Even Me



First: Ansel Mangum, No Sickness


Second: Gemma Cordt, The Natural World

Visual Arts

Middle School

First: Makayla Crenshaw, I matter

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