2016-17 National PTA Reflections

What Is Your Story?

National PTA Reflections welcomes all grades and abilities to explore and be involved in the arts. Annually, thousands of students reflect on a common theme and create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography and visual arts.

The theme for the 2016-2017 school year is What Is Your Story?. This theme – created by Brianna Eisman of Douglas Anderson PTSA in Florida – was selected through the Reflections Theme Search Contest.

Entries will be eligible for school, district, state and even national recognition. See the 2016-17 school level winners here:


Flashback to the 2015-16 Program:

VA junior Mackenzie Smith earned our school national recognition by winning the 2015-16 Outstanding Interpretation award in the Visual Arts category for her When an Artist Imagines submission.

When an Artist Imagines







Also receiving 2016 National PTA Reflections Awards:

Alexandria Kinard, Award of Merit – Dance Choreography

Luke Dow Pearson, Award of Merit – Music Composition

Clay Devlin, Award of Merit – Photography

2015-16 local PTSA winners

2015-16 15th District winners

2015-16 Kentucky PTA winners

For more information, contest rules and entry forms, click here or contact Entries must be submitted to the Manual front office by October 10th.

Manual alum Hannah Nelms had the following to say about the program when interviewed last year:

“The Reflections is a great program that gives students an opportunity to expand upon their artistic horizons through artistic exploration and the setting of goals. Not only is Reflections an artistry aggrandizer, but also a wonderful resume builder. I began participating in the Reflections program my freshman year at Manual, in hopes to just get experience as a choreographer, and possibly be able to enhance my resume for college; however my Reflections experience  was far more monumental than just adding a few words onto a resume. Reflections has given me not only a further understanding of goal setting and my artistic vision, but the illustrious opportunity to inspire other young artists. By entering Reflections, you become part of a large artistic community starting in kindergarten all the way through high school. All applicants for Reflections are further invited to an awards ceremony where you are granted the opportunity to view the work of other young artists. Freshman through Junior year I have been auspiciously chosen for first place within the “Dance Choreography” category at Manual, and I will be entering again this year in hopes to inspire more young artists.”


Reflections Poster