2019-20 PTA Reflections

The Reflections Program is a National PTA and Washington State PTA cultural arts competition. The purpose of this program is to provide an opportunity for students to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their own original works.

Reflections program has helped 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 in school and in life.

Thank you to all Issaquah High students who participated in this year's Reflections program.  
CONGRATULATIONS to the 3 students moving forward to state!  Finalists are:

  • Olivia Wang, ‘Resistance’     Music Composition     9-12
  • Olivia Wang, ‘The Wicked Within’     Photography     9-12
  • Adya Mohapatra, ‘I'll Write the Future For Us’     Literature     9-12
  • Benjamin Eskenazi, ‘Submerged in Self-Reflections’     Photography     9-12

Also recognized as Honorable Mention were:

  • Julianna Carragher, ‘Look Within’     Music Composition     9-12
  • Brandon Yeo, ‘An American Bird's Dream’     Visual Arts     9-12

Way to go student artists!


 Program Details

Young artists get involved in Reflections through their local PTA or PTSA. A student may submit an entry in any of six arts areas. Only original works of art are accepted. Please follow the specific guidelines for each art area. The six artistic categories are:

    • Literature -- works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, prose, drama, short stories and lyrics.
    • Music Composition -- original musical composition, with or without words.
    • Photography -- prints have a maximum finished size of 18 x 24 inches in color or black and white, including techniques: photogram, 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. A maximum finished size of 18x24 inches.
    • Film/Video -- original works, with or without sound, of animation, narrative, documentary, experimental or music video/film.
    • Choreography/Dance -- originally choreographed dance composition

Official Entry Form

Entries are judged on creative ability and interpretation of the theme. 

Rules & Guidelines

To ensure your entry can move on to the higher levels please submit artwork that adheres to the rules & guidelines.

Special Artists:  The Special Artist Division is a non-graded division limited to students whose physical, cognitive or mental health challenges meet the guidelines set forth in the American Disabilities Act. Qualifying students entering this division create their own artwork but may receive non-artistic accommodation and assistance from an adult. At the national level, one Special Artist from across all arts categories will be selected to receive an Outstanding Interpretation Award. Up to five additional Special Artists may be selected to receive national Awards of Excellence. Find out more info here.

For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact IH PTSA Reflections ChairsLeah Gibson or Kristen Allen-Bentsen