2018-19 National PTA Reflections Contest

Heroes Around Me

PTA Reflections LogoNational 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. Entries are eligible for school, district, state and even national recognition.

The theme for the 2018-2019 school year is Heroes Around Me and the search is on for the 2019-2020 theme, which will be chosen on February 1, 2019. The winner will receive $100 and recognition at the Annual National PTA Convention.

Submissions for the 2018-19 contest are due to the Manual Office by Friday, October 12, 2018. See the contest rules and entry forms for details. For more information, visit the National PTA Reflections page and Kentucky PTA Reflections page or email

Themes and winners in previous years include:

Year Theme Awards
2018-19 Heroes Around Me  
2017-18 Within Reach School District State National
2016-17 What is Your Story….. School State National
2015-16 Let Your Imagination Fly School District

Manual alum Hannah Nelms had the following to say about the program:

“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.”

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